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Questions on Encountering God in Prayer and Deepening Your Prayer Life

Questions on Encountering God in Prayer and Deepening Your Prayer Life

How encountering God in prayer and deepening your prayer life can impact your life everyday. Why is the desire to have a relationship with God important? Dan and Melissa discuss their own encounters with God in prayer and scripture, and answer some listener questions.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What does it mean to be “awake to God”?DivineIntimacyRadioWithDan&Melissa
  • How do we, or will we, experience God in our daily lives?
  • Some examples of saints speaking directly to our current issues and problems.
  • Being awake to the Word of God in the scriptures in our current situations.
  • How does our desire for a relationship with God impact our spiritual lives?
  • Our desire to know God = the promise that we can know God.
  • What can I do if I don’t have enough knowledge or experience or imagination to read Scripture beyond just the words on the page?
  • Do I have to be an intellectual to fully understand the Scriptures?
  • What is the best attitude to have to be drawn to the Lord?


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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and Divine Intimacy Radio, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, and his newest books Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep and Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Jeanette

    Thank you for your example of how to do Lectio Divina by saying the scripture out loud and very slow. I can see how helpful this can be.

    I like what Dan said about “desire is the promise of fulfillment.” I have found this in my spiritual life to be true. But, I believe we must be faithful to continue to pray for our holy desires to be fulfilled because the Lord wants to see if we really, really want it. Actually, from reading about St. Therese of Lisieux’s spiritual life, she had said that the Lord gives us the holy desires in the first place! He wants our sanctification, more than we do.

    Melissa, I agree with you that the movie on St. Joseph of Cupertino was excellent. We showed it at our parish on movie night and it was very inspiring and encouraging to see how God can lead anyone to saintliness, regardless of their intellect or poverty. A very old movie in black & white but worth seeing.

    God bless you both!

  • Judy Silhan

    I have read reflections on how to do Lectio Devina, and I asked a friend this morning, after the program, if she was familiar with this way of praying. For some reason, prior to your explaining on the air, the proper way of reading Scripture with Lectio Devina, the idea of reading aloud, never resonated with me. When I asked my friend about this, she had never had it explained to her that it should be done aloud. Thanks for the clarification.
    Melissa, I was fascinated by your telling about St. Joseph Cupertino, so much so, that as I was waiting for my car to be repaired, I had the opportunity to check out the link for his biography. I was able to read it from beginning to end. Such a profoundly beautiful story of, as you said, a simple soul, not an intellectual, and yet, his relationship with our Lord was one to be desirous of. I really appreciated his attitude of “I deserve it”, when people shunned, rejected, humiliated, and even in the end, he was imprisoned because of the extreme holy gifts of ecstasy and levitating which God bestowed upon him. Yet, through all of his life, he was joyful, not sad, and for those who appreciated his gifts, found him a blessing, while the more intellectuals in his orders, sought to hide him and silence him. On, under movies, this beautiful story, The Reluctant Saint, is available, and I intend to watch it.
    Great program, just would like to say thanks for all the links and resources you make available for each program. I don’t always check them out; but after today’s discovery about St. Joseph, I definitely will. God Bless you both. I look forward to Divine Intimacy Radio each Friday morning.

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