One of the suggestions that Mark Virkler uses to get the thoughts flowing in journaling is to picture yourself in a Bible story. (I mentioned that we are doing his workbook, 4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice, in our house group in an earlier post). Last week, one of the assignments was to read John 4:4-15, picture ourselves sitting at the well with Jesus and hear him say, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” What do you want to ask Jesus? Journal the thoughts that come.
From my journal:
As I pictured myself at the well, I asked Jesus why I have had so many sinus infections this year. I heard Jesus say, "If you knew the gift of God and who I am of whom you're asking, you would receive health and never need to ask for it again."
Show me, Lord, who you are. I believe with my head, but I don't know how to appropriate it.
"I am the bread of life. Feed on me. Actually feed on me. Take communion--my body broken for you, my blood shed for you. Receive my life giving flow. Just as you take your vitamins, take my body and blood every day."
I have been taking communion daily since then, and as I do, I remember what Jesus' sacrifice did for me. When I take the bread, I thank Him for the healing and deliverance He provided, and I picture myself receiving it as I eat the bread. I thank Him that He is my Provider, my Protector, my Guide and My Defender. Then as I take the grape juice, I remember that through Jesus' blood I have been made righteous before the Father, all my sins are forgiven and are remembered no more. I thank Him for making the way for me to come to Him. How amazing that I can come into the Holy of Holies and commune with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit because of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. I picture myself standing before God's throne, worshipping Him. And I see His pleasure as I receive the gift of all that Jesus did for me.
There is something very exciting about living this way! If you decide to try it, let me know what you discover.