Sunday, August 01, 2010

Asking good questions

I meet with three friends every eight weeks or so to pray (the 'so' is fairly, perhaps too, flexible we reflected). We have done this for years and we usually gather over food on a weekday evening and talk about the state of our hearts and lives. Some time ago we decided to have a day away to do a bit of in-depth friendship, prayer, walking and of course we included in our planning a good lunch. We think we walked 10.5 miles yesterday so we now all have sore feet.

The plan was to ask each other some good questions so I put a list together. "How are things?" is a rubbish question and I hope my list is a little more focussed. Feel free to ask yourself these or even better give someone permission to ask them of you.

1. Am I a slave to work, habits, friendships or hobbies?
2  What are my priorities?
3  Where am I sinning?
4. Where am I demonstrating faith? Where are the areas of life that I am putting myself in the place where God must show up?
5. When did I last speak to someone about Jesus?
6. Do I pray about the money I spend?
7. Is there anybody I fear, dislike, disown, criticise, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so what am I doing about it?
8 What do I complain about?
9. Is Jesus real to me?
10. Do I insist on doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
11. What am I excited about and why?
12. How do I spend my spare time?

13. Do I go to bed on time and get up on time?
14. Do I thank God I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisee who despised the publican?

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