How I Truly Begin To See God
Lately my spiritual walk with the Lord hasn't been too great. My
pastor taught in his sermon last Sunday that you have to read your Bible and pray daily
to get closer to the Lord. And that you need to truly seek him to find his blessings.
But he didn't exactly say HOW you should seek him.
What does it mean to seek God?
And how do you begin to do so?
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker, written by St. Luke parishioner
Posting your question is evidence that you've made an excellent start
The good news is that God is everywhere and wants you to know Him.
I will offer some ideas that come to the top of my head, with the most
important ones first:
Ask God for help in seeking Him. A simple prayer, repeated at least
daily: "God, please help me seek you well." And be patient.
Make yourself available to receive God's help when it comes. Look at ]
the whole situation this way: It is not that "you" are making things happen but that you
are actively working to make yourself available so that "God" can make things happen, so
the He can work in and through you.
To make yourself available do things, some new, some old. Posting your
question here was a grand thing to do. Sit in silence and listen. Read Scripture. Read
biographies and autobiographies of people who have struggled with faith. Maybe read
well-chosen novels, or poetry. Build or make something. There are many varieties of
prayer -- learn about them and try them out.
One special kind of activity is to engage in active love -- i.e., be
Christ-like to those you encounter (people you know, people you don't know), and ask
for God's help in doing this. There are a bunch of distortions possible in active love
(for just one example, trying to control others as an over-protective parent does) so
be aware, perhaps chat with someone else about such things. C.S. Lewis discusses these
pitfalls in his book "The Screwtape Letters" and in several of his essays. One particular
form of active love may be forgiveness.
So my quick answer to your question is to ask God for help; in several
ways actively make yourself available to receive the help; act based on the idea
that "God", not you, has the initiative and control; attempt active love; and be
I have listed below some books I am working on right now. They are
Eastern Orthodox, as am I.
C.S. Lewis of course is excellent.
Blessings upon you on The Way!
Metropolitan Anthony of Sourouzh (Anthony Bloom): Meditations on a
Theme; Beginning to Pray; Living Prayer; Courage to Pray.