At the beginning of each session:
God is present with us. As a way for us to be also present with Him, take the next few moments to slow down and be still before Him. As you begin to focus your heart towards the Lord, breathe in deeply, slowly letting it out.
If your mind wanders, silently pray a simple prayer again and again, such as, "I surrender to your love" or "Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me" until the Holy Spirit gives you a sense of peace and focus.
Psalm 23:1 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
You are The Lord, the only God, the King, the guide, the shepherd.
You are my Lord, my God, my King, my guide, my shepherd.
God, I admit, I have many, many wants. I offer you each of these right now. With you, I have no need. You satisfy completely.
As the scripture is read, pay attention to a word or phrase that is highlighted to you. In the quiet that follows, meditate upon that word or phrase.
Contemplate this text, through asking the following questions or by praying the following prayers that relate this passage of scripture to your life.
Pay attention to the invitation here that God might be asking you to respond to. Is there something I am being asked to do or share with others in response to what I have heard today?
At the end of each session:
Take a moment to thank God for the work He is doing in you.
As you go from this time, may your heart and your mind continue to relate to God, fixing your eyes on Jesus through each step of your day. Amen.