Song of Solomon 2:14b (TPT) “…[The King] Let me see your radiant face and hear your sweet voice. How beautiful your eyes of worship and lovely your voice in prayer.”
CULTIVATING THE GARDEN WITHIN
Did you discover anything from yesterday’s time together that may be hindering a deeply personal experience with your King? Again, in today’s scripture He’s inviting you, with the deepest desire of His heart, to come and be with Him. Take a moment, close your eyes and deeply inhale His presence, exhaling any condemnation, cares or distractions. Do this as many times as needed until you feel your heart connected fully with His. (no cheating! Don’t skip this step, you need it! This isn’t just a “quiet time”, it’s a deep connection with the King of the universe!)
Song of Solomon 2:15 (TPT) admonishes us to catch the troubling foxes that hinder:
“You must catch the troubling foxes, those sly little foxes that hinder our relationship.
For they raid our budding vineyard of love to ruin what I’ve planted within you.
Will you catch them and remove them for me? We will do it together.”
Foxes are those subtle compromises that usually go unnoticed until we quieten ourselves and ask. He’s in this journey with you and promised to help. Ask Him if there’s anything He’d like to show you. Then listen. No multitasking, it’s a fox! You’re learning to be still. Wait. Listen. Inhale deeply again if needed, exhale and linger there. What did you hear? What did you feel? What did you see? Write it in your journal and ask Him what He wants you to do with what you now know. Write down and begin, today, to implement what He says. Don’t delay. Procrastination is a sly fox that robs the reality of these moments!
I’m sure you’ve noticed that so far in our journey we’re not focusing on the mechanics of prayer. Good! Enjoy Him and let Him enjoy you. The rest will flow naturally later on from the well of His presence opened up inside. The fruit of your cultivated and pruned garden will then satisfy you and begin to feed others on His behalf. Jesus said the kingdom is within us. Your inner world is very real and how you manage it matters.
Have an Impactful Day!
Identify and write down areas in your life where multitasking and procrastination have become a distraction. Where do you need to implement single mindedness and wholehearted obedience?
2. Set 3 more times today, and every day, wherein you will stop, close your eyes and intentionally inhale His
presence, exhaling all of the distractions. Consistency is the key to training your senses!
Jesus, I want this journey to intimate communion with You. Convince me of Your desire to be with me. Narrow my affections so that my eyes, ears and heart are Yours alone. Help me recognize, moment-by-moment, where I allow little foxes to steal the beauty You’re creating in me! In Jesus' Name. Amen.