Saturday, August 15, 2015

Filled With the Spirit



Ephesians 5:15-20

15Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 16making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, 19as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, 20giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

How do we get "filled with the Spirit?" We received the Holy Spirit in baptism, but doesn't it seem that some people seem more in tune with God and God's people than others? Here's one way to be filled with the Spirit:

In the reading from Ephesians we are encouraged to give thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 5:20). Orthodox Christians teach a traditional practice known as the Jesus Prayer. The prayer is simple: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. This is not just something you say just once; rather, you repeat and pray these simple words, silently or aloud, as you breathe in and out, in and out. The practice begins as an intentional act, but over time it grows deep roots and becomes part of who you are, a constant reminder of the grace-filled presence of God in your life. (sundaysandseasons.com)

If you want more information on the Jesus Prayer, check out this website: http://www.svots.edu/saying-jesus-prayer.


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