Meaning of a Spiritual Retreat
The Spiritual retreat or quiet time is a very calm session with the Lord Jesus away from the noise of this world and its worries. In it you listen to God as He converses with you through the Holy Bible verses and this is what Bishop Youannis had mentioned, that “Through prayer we converse with God, and through the study of the bible, He converses with us.”
The bride in the Song of Solomon was very nourished by these calm spiritual sessions as it was actually her true longing. We hear her say:” Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among the sons, I sat down in his shade with great delight, “And his fruit was sweet to my taste. (Song of Songs 2:3)
Do you realize my beloved that sitting under the feet of the Lord is the ultimate honor for the believer in his or her life? Therefore the Lord clarified this when He said to Martha: ““Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:39-42)
O what great and blessed privilege for the believer to be in the presence of the Lord and to talk to Him. This is what led St John Chrysostom to say: “Whenever we pray, don’t we speak to God?! What great privilege is that?”
This is the spiritual quiet time that we are referring to, do you feel you want to enjoy and receive this privilege?