Spiritual Disciplines

God calls us to a lifetime of obedience. We can only learn obedience through reading His Word (so we know what to obey), trusting Him, and acting on that firm belief that He is true and good and love. God blesses obedience. Whenever we are obedient, He will bless us. Sometimes we perceive His blessing right away; sometimes we don’t get to see it until eternity with Him; sometimes we see His blessings, but they don’t look like blessings to us, and we turn away.

For your consideration, following are some of the spiritual disciplines that God teaches in His Word. As you read them, pray over each one. Does it speak to God’s Spirit within you? Are there some you can check off as part of your normal routine, and you take joy in worshiping God this way? Are there some that nudge you to work on? This is not a to-do list. These are suggestions of actions you can take to open your heart to God.

  • Scripture reading, meditation, and memorization
  • Writing Scripture
  • Study of Biblical words and themes
  • Study of historical context, Biblical commentary
  • Fasting
  • Worship through music
  • Prayer:
    • Pray continually
    • Prayer journaling
    • Praying the Scriptures
    • Praying with guided (scripted) prayer
    • Personal prayer: deep conversations with God
    • Communal prayer (congregational, partner, small group…)
  • Observing Sabbath rest
  • Abiding in God with a grateful heart
  • Praise and thanksgiving unto the Lord
  • Solitude
  • Silence
  • Celebration
  • Communal worship
  • Service to others
  • Confession to God and repentance
  • Asking forgiveness:
    • From God
    • From others
  • Forgiveness: forgiving others
  • Generosity
  • Tithes and offerings

12 thoughts on “Spiritual Disciplines

  1. For me there seem to be seasons of emphasizing one discipline over another. I went through a season of memorizing long passages/chapters/books of the Bible (So I would know context), another where I was worshiping playing my guitar and singing for long periods of time, and when I was journaling at length. “Practicing the presence of Christ” can take many forms, and He knows our personalities, quirks, needs, and weaknesses. I’m guessing our relationships with Him are as unique as we are.

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    1. I love that, and I so agree with you! Just as we are changed (2 Cor 3.18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord) – God equips us perfectly for each phase / change / season of life.

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