Showing posts from January, 2024

Looking Back

And Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). You have said "yes." You have accepted the job offer. Now is not the time to doubt. Now is not the time to be looking back. No job is perfect, and no job is really secure. Security is found only in God. Stop looking for it in the outside world. Doubts after decisions are devils trying to sabotage your new job, your new adventure. Put both hands to the plow and don't look back. It is too late to question, too late to second guess. Plow forward. Move ahead. It is good, sometimes, to close the book on a past chapter of your life. Indeed, we should be "forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead" (Philippians 3:13).

Careful About One Thing Only

“Be careful about one thing only,” says the Lord - “your relationship with Me.” - Oswald Chambers (cf. Matthew 6:25) Stop getting distracted by a hundred and one nonessential things. Stay focused Jay. The only thing that really matters is your relationship with God. It doesn’t matter whether the Bible is inerrant, what matters is that God is inerrant. Stop buying books. Seriously, stop! The only thing you should be buying is a good Bible and books on prayer and solitude. And then read them. Pray them. Focus on living the Way instead of studying the Way. You learn in the doing. Again, all questions should come back to how this affects my relationship with God. If it interferes with my prayer time, my solitude, or my spirituality, it should be avoided. This includes family and friends. God must be first. But family is second. Their relationship with God should be the priority here. Sacrifice for their good. Spend quality time with them, but not at the expense of your prayer life

2024 The Year of Prayer

"Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial" (Matthew 26:41). I declare to myself that this year, 2024, shall be the year of prayer. I have never been a prayer warrior. Yes, I have studied the Bible, theology, and church history. Likewise, I have worshiped and praised. But prayer has always been a weak point for me. It is time to make prayer a priority. It must become a daily habit. No, even deeper. I must learn to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). I will study and practice the Jesus Prayer with the Eastern Orthodox Tradition. Furthermore, I will practice the prayers in the Common Book of Prayer. I will pray the prayers in Luther’s Small Catechism. And I will practice the prayer in the Catholic prayer book of St, Benedict. In all cases, I will learn how to pray from those who have been praying for ages. I will, of course, pair this with Bible reading and meditation. And I will not neglect silence, solitude, and simplicity. My desire

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Jay Forrest is a Christian teacher of the mystic way of union with God as revealed by scripture and tradition. He is a member of the Episcopal Church and the author of The Deeper Life: Finding God on the Mystic Path.

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