The gospels are meant to be STUDIED on a historical and intellectual level, and they are meant to be EXPERIENCED on a SPIRITUAL level. If you simply set aside some time to be with Jesus and study a gospel passage, you will undoubtedly see results. Your grasp of the gospels and their message will surely grow and develop. But if you go a step further and ask Jesus to lift your natural imagination up to the spiritual level, you will find yourself being CHANGED.
You will EXPERIENCE the Holy Spirit working in you in a way that touches your heart and stirs your emotions. The ways that the Holy Spirit can transform you as you pray through the gospels are endless. You may discover a deeper desire to love Jesus more. You may find yourself repenting more fully for your sins, or overflowing with joy, or longing to receive the Eucharist. You may experience healing from the wounds of the past, or feel the weight of a long-standing resentment being lifted off of you. Your desire to read Scripture will surely be stronger. Ask the Holy Spirit to lift you up as you read and imagine yourself in a particular gospel scene. Give this way of prayer a chance. Experiment with it and see what happens in you.
Be EXPECTANT that GOD WILL SPEAK to you and move your heart closer to Him.
Open your heart to the Spirit’s transforming work.
You will see the results