Free & Fit - Freedom From Covid 19 – Through Planks, Pictures, Poems, Psalms and Prayers of 2 Ch
Free & Fit - Freedom from Covid 19 – Through Planks, Pictures, Poems, Psalms and Prayers of 2 Chronicles 7:14
Within this scripture there are five parts for which throughout this week I am going to be developing into a practical curriculum which will include the following key points. Each study will have a Picture, a Poem, a Psalm, a Prayer, and a part of this scripture, from 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Part One “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves,” Part Two “and pray and seek my face,” Part Three “and turn from their wicked ways, ”Part Four “then I will hear from heaven’ and Part Five “and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Each part of this scripture will follow with a Picture, Poem, Psalm and Prayer. The use of Spiritual Direction here, for either group or individual sessions, can be used and questions can be themed around the part of the verse and the reflection to create open and honest discussion with interactive discussion. It is encouraged, through open and honest questions, to build a time, a regular slot for each of the five sessions and to try and meet with the same individual or group regularly. This will allow the group or Directee and Director to build a rapport, relationship and allow a passageway for the Holy Spirit to breathe life into the reflections and meditations.
As suggested by Alice Fryling the use of Lectio Divino and Imaginative or Creative writing and drawing can help to interpret scripture. Lectio Divina is a slow way of being able to read, interpret and listen to the word of God, which can also be used to develop an understanding through reflection of how God maybe revealing a picture, image or pattern of Spiritual insight from our creator. Through imaginative interpretation Fryling encourages Spiritual Directors and Directees to use St Ignatius Spiritual Exercises. These allow the self to search, to find and set up ourselves in the Gospel story. Quite an amazing practice and one which I have personally used before. (Fryling, 2009; p66-691).
In order to meditate and reflect on the picture I have supplied both the Directee and Director the opportunity to read, imagine and bring to life a quote and an image together to see how the Holy Spirit speaks to them. This process may be attributed to Fryling as “the place of the heart. In the Bible, she says, that “the intellect, memory, emotions, desires and will” form the spiritual heart. Furthermore, she describes the ultimate relationship between the mind and the heart as a move from theoretical knowledge to actual experience (Fryling, 2009, p 55-572).
The author would like to allow all of our Spiritual senses to be ministered to through the reading of the word of God (hearing), Picturing the word of God (seeing), imagining through reading Poetry the feeling (touch) or emotions (taste) how the word of God informs them and finally through reading the Psalms how the word (smells) moves them to Pray.
Introductory Picture, Poem, Psalm and Prayer.
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.3”
2 Chronicles 7:14`
So much bigger, So far greater than me Are the things you have planned That I do not yet see.
The wonder and awe You will bring to this place As we humble ourselves And start seeking your face.
Falling facedown is not easy to do. It is pain and its tears, crying out for you. Its sadness and grief over all we’ve done wrong. It’s taking our blame of your crucified Son.
God take my pride back down to its end Take me back down to nothing again. I cry out for my sins are so many, so great. Help me repent and now turn from those ways. For my sins of idolatry, greed, lust and hate Forgive me Lord, let your anger abate. So much bigger, So far greater than me Are the things you have planned, That I do not yet see.
But send down new power that all men might see. Show them your light and then set them free That they too might fall down to worship your glory. And when all who are called by your glorious name, Have humbled themselves and fallen to pray, Help us chase after you until we have seen your face Shining so brightly in the darkest of days. Let your word be our vision, and Christ be our way. That we turn back our hearts and on your power we wait.
For the time is now to be humble and pray. 06-14-05 Jessa Kelsea5.
Psalm 51:1-19 ESV
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem; then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.6”
Introductory Prayer: “I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s house, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees, and laws you gave your servant Moses” (Nehemiah 1:6-7).
Join us as everyday we will share a new Blog Post, Live Workout with Prayer, Picture, Poem and Plank in preparation for Friday's live prayer gathering organised by Unite 714. Details can be found on their website and Hillsong's Brian Houston and HTB's Nicky Gumble will be part of the prayer team.
Bibliography & Websites Used:
Seeking God Web Image search: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/LnlcwODY1kw/maxresdefault.jpg
Deborah Ann Belka, 2016. Accessed: https://www.christart.com/poetry/poem4930.htm
Bible Gateway: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+63&version=ESVUK
Poetry by Deborah Ann Belka. Accessed: https://poetrybydeborahann.wordpress.com/tag/deception/
Catholic Prayer. Accessed: https://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=2867
No Fear in Life. Accessed: https://nofearinlife.com/the-heart-is-deceitful/
Bible Gateway. Accessed: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm%20101&version=ESV