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Jul 11, 2021

350 Not My Will But Thine Be Done, A Guided Christian Meditation on luke 22:40-45 with the Recenter With Christ app

I'm Chaplain Jared and I work as a hospice chaplain and an ICU chaplain, my purpose in making this podcast is to help you find more peace in your life and to be more open for your heart to be changed by the Spirit of God. By using centuries old form of Christian Meditation named Lectio Divina:

Outline: Relaxation, Reading, Meditation, Prayer, Contemplation and Visualization.

Get into a place where you can sit comfortably and uninterrupted for about 20 minutes.You should hopefully not be driving or anything tensing or unrelaxing. If you feel comfortable to do so, I invite you to close your eyes.

Guided Relaxation / Guided Meditation:

Breathe and direct your thoughts to connecting with God. Let your stomach be a balloon inflate, deflate.

Bible verses for Meditation:

Luke 22

40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,
46 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

Meditation on Scripture:

Sometimes we find it easy to philosophize about scripture and God's word. The terrible leveler is pain. Over the last week someone I care about more than almost anyone on earth is suffering with immense moments like this fancy theology seems unfocused. The depth of Gods truth begins to be seen not in complexity but by faithfulness. How completely do we believe and trust God? This question is far more important than how deeply we understand the academic aspects of the gospel. Even the most simple faith is profound when it runs deep into the soul.

How deeply in us is our understanding of God’s mercy and purpose?

Do you need to understand God’s purpose in your life in order to trust Him? Perhaps this was the root of what Jesus meant when he began and ended with an admonition to the apostles that they pray to avoid entering temptation. He repeated it twice. God is intimately familiar with the challenge of suffering.

Pain tears down the false scaffolding of speculative doctrine. It tears open our hearts and exposes them to sunlight. These moments most often only gain clarity of purpose after the moment has passed when we most wanted to understand purpose. When we trust God, in these moments we can let go of instantaneous demands for purpose and trust that it will come. Then we have a very small piece of understanding of what Jesus said when he said, not my will but thine be done.

Meditation of Prayer:

Pray as directed by the Spirit.

Dedicate these moments to the patient waiting, when you feel ready ask God for understanding you desire from Him.

Meditation of God and His Glory / Hesychasm:

I invite you to sit in silence feeling being patient for your own faults and trials.

Summarize what insights you have gained during this meditation and meditate and visualize positive change in your life:
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Final Question: Why did God give you freedom of spirit?

Final Thought: God’s plan was meant to try us and to push us to rely on Him.

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