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Weekly Devotional

The Vastness Within

Reflection by David Carrier

Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is within you.”

 

Jesus says many times that the Kingdom of God is within. This one statement could result in a dissertation of possibilities.  Let us consider one aspect- outer versus inner.  When we pray, do we pray to God outside and apart from ourselves, or God within?  Are we praying for a change in outside conditions or a change within? Do we pray for a specific result or can we pray for no reason at all?   Praying for nothing may sound strange, yet when we look within there is so much to discover that the vastness is endless and cannot be limited by a verbal answer.

Our minds like to label and give definition. Along with this arises the need to find purpose and meaning, both important goals in modern thinking.  If we look to other times and other cultures, much of mediation and prayer was simply an end in itself.

Discovering the vastness within—without words, requests, and awaited responses –can bring discovery of ever deepening presence within ourselves and recognition of the same in other people. 

In our purpose driven society, ten minutes daily of meditation or prayer without purpose or action may result in spiritual relief and deeper non-verbal awareness.   Jesus says the Kingdom of God is within.  How vast are the possibilities?

 

Prayer: Dear God, you who are the ultimate vastness beyond our limited comprehension, help us to find complete stillness within and there find your presence and discover more depth in our own. Amen.

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