Undivided Heart healing is the ministry of heart-healing, of soul-caring. This healing presupposes that we have hurts that have not been healed. Leaders are busy people. Multiple responsibilities and agendas have to be juggled. However with busy-ness comes self- unawareness. The energy we expend to keep things going deters us from looking at what’s going on inside of us. The slowing down nature of threshold times creates an uncomfortable space where we can no longer avoid our inner lives. Unresolved hurts keep popping up and we can’t swat them away. Our self-identity struggles to accept unsavory facts about ourselves, and that is why we need to heed the heart.

Where do we get the kind of healing we need for our hurting hearts and harried lives? One of the best examples I have seen is what Frontiers has done in the whole area of undivided heart prayer. Unfortunately I don’t know of any way to get a hold of this training other than to ask me to send you a copy of the Undivided Heart Prayer manual.14

Christian counselors provide excellent ministry in helping us discover and uncover the secrets of our hearts.

Stop the sacred-secular divide and take a nap. Sometimes the most spiritual thing we can do is rest! My advice is to expend the time and money it takes to get this type of ministry.15

We pray: Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name (Psalm 86:11). God replies, I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 11:19).

(2) Discernment through Lectio Divina.

A centuries-old church practice and increasingly popular spiritual formation discipline, lectio divina is a slow paced formational meditation of scripture. It supplements the informational reading of scripture. In lectio we digest small portions of scripture, listen to God’s voice, and rest quietly in God’s presence. Formational reading of this kind kneads wisdom into us, giving us discernment. The diagram and description below convey the technique and the rationale for this type of scripture meditation.16

Lectio Divina

Make yourself READY

Find a place where you can be quiet and undisturbed. Choose a brief passage of scripture. Ask God to meet you during this time of prayer.

14 Email me at franlewislove@gmail.com
15 Parker Palmer has an excellent book on living an undivided life, A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward An Undivided Life. 2009. Also, Palmer’s book, The Active Life, beautifully describes how we can integrate a life of activity with contemplation, a necessary discipline for apostolic types. In his book, The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People, John Ortberg dedicates an entire chapter (chapter 11) to this topic, “An Undivided Life: The Practice of Reflection on Scripture,” and shows how the practice of lectio divina (shown above) brings integration.
16 Charles Bello, Prayer as a Place.