25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.
When I was in high school, that’s Grade 10 to 12 for where I grew up, I wanted to learn to read the Bible. I sat down, and opened my bible to the Book of Romans, I read the first chapter, and got absolutely nothing out of it. I didn’t even have a clue of what I’d just read. I couldn’t have repeated a single thought or word from it. So, I read it again, and again. I prayed and asked God, based on the promise of what he seemed to be saying TO ME in the verse quoted above.
It echoed a prayer I prayed on the corner of Vimy Road and Ness Avenue’s, late at night on my way to/from the bus stop, going some random place I can’t remember. But I remember that conversation with God. I accepted his existence. I accepted that he IS greater than ME. I asked him to teach me in a way that I could understand, that HE would make up for, compensate for MY WEAKNESS. I wanted to know if the Bible was HIS word, if the church I was going to was HIS church, and the faith my parents had raised me into, was HIS faith.
Teach me these verses.
(the Holy Spirit) will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
That’s what I want, and that’s what I’m going to expect. I’m not going to move off of this chapter until I get it.
It should be noted that I’m a bus driver, and have been for 29 years. I’m not the academic type. If anything I’m more the artist type. Sculptures, drawing, painting, and like that kind of art.
God, I know now, loves that kind of prayer. And in his book, Daring To Draw Near, John White makes the argument that all prayer is initiated by God. In John 15:16, we read that Jesus told the disciples that they did not choose him, he chose them! See also
That’s a start on how I do devotions
In the meantime, over the past 40+ years God has taught me his word. And he’s used many human beings to do so. That’s another whole wonderful dynamic. We are not meant to be alone, he gave us one another. We are to love one another. If you missed it while reading the bible, go back and read it again, watching for that truth, and I pray you’ll see it there in the pages of his word.