Guest Post by Trent Tanaro
Prayer Text and Reflection: Mark 1:35-39 (NRSV)
When we think about our vision in life, we often think about where we want to go with our lives over the long haul. Vision is something we set in place in the beginning of a particular journey or direction in which we want to go. Where am I going in my life with God? Where am I going in my life with others around me? These are important questions concerning praying for a clearer vision. Jesus had a clear vision in his life and ministry. He knew where he was going and what he needed to do to get there. Here are a few of the habits or practices that he often did in order to maintain his clear vision:
Jesus chose a time to pray in solitude (a deserted place) and he did this often through his ministry.
Jesus did not allow himself to become complacent. He didn’t become attached to one particular area or expectation (v.37-38).
Jesus stayed on the course of his calling and vision (v.39).
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When we take the time to look at these qualities of Jesus, we can learn from him as well. These practices of Jesus will enable us to live a clearer vision and pray for one as well when needed. Having a clear vision takes time and patience while we learn to live it in our daily life with God.
This quote is from Thomas Merton concerning his prayer for direction and perhaps his vision about where he is going in his life…
“Ask me not where I live or what I like to eat . . . Ask me what I am living for and what I think is keeping me from living fully that.” ~Thoughts in Solitude, Thomas Merton
As we embark upon the close of the year and begin to discover the New Year in the days ahead, here are a few things to consider.
When learning to pray for a clearer vision in our life with God and others, there are many practices to choose from in our day and time. A few suggestions are:
*Praying through the Psalms with the use of a resource guide that will lead you through them daily.
*Praying the Divine Hours (Liturgy).
Below are a few links to some resources in both of these areas. They will help you with time and patience in developing a clearer personal vision.
A book on praying the Psalms (HERE).
A website on Praying the Divine Hours (Liturgy) (HERE)
Blessings on your journey, Trent Tanaro
Trent Tanaro is the minister for the Spearman Church of Christ in Spearman, Texas. I have come to depend on him as a consistent voice in prayer, spiritual direction and contemplation. You can get in touch with Trent on Facebook (HERE) and Twitter (HERE). His blog is located HERE and his church website is HERE. Thank you, Trent, for sharing your excellent thoughts. JD