I was reviewing some of my recent reading and came across this great word from Eugene Peterson about the gift of spiritual direction, especially when we’ve been down the road with Christ for a while.
As we grow into maturity in Christ our distinctiveness is accentuated, not blunted. General directions, useful as they are, don’t take into account the details that face us as holiness takes root in the particular social and personal place we are planted. We need wise personal attention from someone who knows the ropes, who knows the subtleties of sin and the disguises of grace. Especially, we need personal attention given to our prayers, for prayer is the practice by which all that we are, all that we believe and do, is transformed into the action of he Spirit working his will into the details of our dailiness.
(Eugene Peterson. Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2008, p. 25)