Welcome back, sweet friend!
I’d love to hear what part of “R-SHIP” (Resolve Start Habit Importance Plan) may have helped you the most since your last visit.
To start off today I invite you to picture in your mind a first-century fishing vessel at dawn near the shore on the Sea of Galilee. You’re not sure what one would have looked like? Well … I found a great photo online to help with that! What would this boat have to do with our quiet time, you ask? We’ll get into that in a minute.
This amazing photo is of an actual boat found at the Sea of Galilee! It is on display in a museum in Israel. For being 2,000 or so years old it’s remarkably intact, don’t you think?
Here’s a link to the Galilee Boat Museum’s website if you’d like more information about this awe-inspiring archeological discovery.
One more thing before we get started, I’m excited to tell you that I have a free printable for you to use with your first seven days of sitting at Jesus’ feet! I’ll give you the link when we wrap up today.
Our topic today is going to get us ready for our first seven days of spending time alone with Jesus. We’re going to talk about preparing, praying, reading and writing and their purpose.
In the previous post, “5 Steps to Finding Time” in the “Sitting at Jesus’ Feet” series, I suggested we select a few things to use in setting up our special place so that we look forward to spending time there. If you’re concerned about pets or young children getting into them, you could use a tote bag and stash it out of reach until your planned quiet time.
So back to the boat. It actually does indirectly relate to today’s topic. A little while ago I asked you to use a mental picture to help prepare you to continue our learning voyage toward sitting at Jesus’ feet. Being mentally prepared is a significant part of spending time with Him, so we need to set aside our own priorities and the busyness of our lives for a short time so that our thoughts will be focused on Him!
John tells us in his gospel that,
“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24, NASB)
Since God is spirit, we also need to be prepared spiritually for our time with Jesus. We could start with a short, simple prayer similar to this:
Heavenly Father, please open my heart to hear from You as I read Your Word. I thank you that I’m able to come into Your presence because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross. It’s in His name I pray.
My suggestion for what we do during our special time with Jesus, now that we have prepared ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually, boils down to this: read, pray, write, repeat.
A good way to start out is to read a short passage in Scripture. After reading, sit quietly and ask Jesus (silently if you like) what He wants you to know from the passage. Does anything seem to jump out at you or maybe even “sting” a little? Did you have an “aha” moment – did the light just go on for you about something? Is there a little stirring in your spirit deep inside of you and you’re not yet really sure what it is?
Pray for Understanding
This is a great time to pray again and this time ask God to show you clearly what He wants you to hear Him saying to you specifically through what you just read in His Word.
Father, Your Word says _______________________. I want to be sure I understand You, so please give me understanding of this. I pray in Jesus’ name.
Write it Down
You may want to write down any truth, correction, promise, or clarification you have been given. A notebook of some kind can be helpful for recording these. Life happens, we get busy and it’s easy to forget what you received in the quiet presence of God once the “loudness” of life sets in again. (I’m getting to know forgetfulness far too intimately as I prepare to turn 60!)
Read it Again
If you have the time, reread the passage. God has filled His Word richly with depth of meaning and you may find that you gain even more understanding with a second reading!
Pray for Strength
It is very important to ask God to help you follow the guidance you just received. Here is a suggestion:
Father in Heaven, I can’t do what You have asked under my own strength. I need Your strength to do ____________________ because You want me to and to stop doing ____________________ because You’ve asked me to stop doing it. In Jesus’ name, I pray.
You might want to write your prayer down now too. It will help you track your progress in applying what you learn to your life.
Friend, I want to encourage you today that you can do this!
Jesus’ disciples were not all highly educated. Several were fishermen. Though they may not have understood right away some of the things Jesus taught them, they did gain understanding through continuing to sit at His feet. So let’s focus on continuing to get to know Jesus and trust that understanding will come. More on understanding next time you stop by!
Here’s a list of seven selected readings. I love these because it’s so easy to forget who we are in Christ. I hope you find it helpful in case you don’t know what to read during our first week of sitting together at Jesus’ feet. I look forward to seeing you here next week and hearing about your time with Him!
Okay, so earlier I promised you a freebie to download and print and here it is!
Download this free printable here.
I certainly understand if you prefer not to download files from the internet, so there’s also a simple list at the bottom of the page for you to copy and paste.
Until next time!
~ Keep shining, Cindyeliora
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” (Eph. 1:18-19, NASB)
Sitting at Jesus’ Feet: The First 7 Days
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.
You are a new creature, a new creation.
Read John 1:1-14.
You are a child of God.
Read John 15:1-17.
You are a friend of God.
Read 1 John 1:1-10.
You are forgiven.
Read Ephesians 2:1-13.
You have been brought near to God by the blood of Christ.
Read John 3:1-17.
You have eternal life.
Read Philippians 3:20.
You are a citizen of heaven.