Open to God

April 6, 2013

Today’s Reflection

IF WE WANT TO STRENGTHEN our connection with God, there needs to be two-way communication. On the one hand, we need to share ourselves openly with God. We call this talking to God prayer. Some may argue that it is a waste of time to tell God anything. After all, surely God knows everything about us already. However, it’s not a question of giving new information to God. It’s much rather a matter of trust and transparency — learning to speak openly with God about everything in our life and then experiencing the closeness that this kind of transparency brings to our relationship with God. …

If we understand prayer to be talking with God, then meditation can be described as listening to God. When we meditate, it simply means thinking about life and about things in God’s presence. … Whatever it is that we may decide to focus our thoughts on, the important thing in meditation is trying to hear what God may be saying so that we will end up doing what God wants us to do.

- Trevor Hudson
One Day at a Time

From pages 119-120 of One Day at a Time: Discovering the Freedom of 12-Step Spirituality by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2007 by Trevor Hudson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Do you perceive yourself as being transparent with God? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

Revelation 1:8, NRSV

This Week: pray those who new believers. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember
Martin Luther King Jr.
(April 4).

Lectionary Readings

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robert moeller April 6, 2013 at 3:58 am

If the measure of transparency with God is speaking vs listening, I could speak more and listen even more. I want to do what is right, what pleases God for God has been there for me so many times. Thank you Lord!

Yes, Lord, I pray for people in an array of relationships to you, the new believer, those searching, those too busy to pray, those who have turned away, those who have never believed. At different times in my life I have been in these relationships, maybe we all have, but now and hopefully for some time, I have depended on you. It has made life
better. I hope everyone comes to have the relationship you want us to have with you. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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Jill April 6, 2013 at 5:56 am

I believe that I have learned the importance of being transparent before Him. And – I believe that I continue to grow in this area. When I intentionally take this stance – His presence is more easily sensed.

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Gary April 6, 2013 at 9:16 am

Oh, how I agree with you, Jill!
You expressed my thought exactly.

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Gary April 6, 2013 at 9:22 am

Like Adam, I sometimes try to hide from God. It doesn’t work. That’s when I am convicted of my sin. As I discover later, that’s when I’m most transparent before God.

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linda crouch April 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm

There is no choice but to be transparent with God.
He knows all.
But how wonderful if we only recognize this.
Thank you God for your care!!!

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling May 12, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Yes, I am transparent with God.

Thank You Father God that we can be transparent with You for You alone know everything and You are in control ultimately.

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