A 5 Spiritual Disiplines That Change Your Life

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This time of year we start hearing a lot about New Year’s resolutions. Exercise regimens, diet fads and book-reading plans all boast that they will make your life exponentially better in the next year. After a few weeks most people have given up on their resolutions and settled back into their normal routine.

There’s nothing wrong with any of these goals, but I can’t help but think about some other disciplines that will make a difference to eternity, as well as the here and now. While spiritual discipline is often overlooked, it is an extremely important part of Jesus’s character. Jesus modeled a consistent pattern of spiritual discipline during his earthly ministry and if Jesus, who is God, had to be disciplined, then how much more should we mere mortals do the same?

As we embrace 2018, Here are 5 SPIRITUAL DISIPLINE that will truly change your LIFE..

Disipline 1 Service
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monstrate that love “through acts of kindness and service—the way that the Savior would love and serve all of us if He were among us today.”

He notes that when an individual is filled with charity, that individual’s thoughts, feelings, and actions become more like those of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ as motivations and desires fall in line with divine will.

Like other prophets and apostles, Elder Ballard counsels us that “in all of our service, we need to be sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Ghost.” He says that “the still, small voice will let us know who needs our help and what we can do to help them.”

A Prayer For Service:
Father, you have called others
to renounce the world
and serve you in the solitude of the desert.
By their prayers and examples,
may we also learn to deny ourselves
and to love you above all things.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

AMEN

Disipline 2 Worship

Worship as a discipline is a tool that helps to shape us into Christlikeness.  One of the biggest things we need to remind ourselves is that worship is not about ourselves, but it is for God. When there are so many different varieties and styles of worship, often people can treat worship as a consumer, “how is it meeting me need?” “What do I get out of going to worship?” Foster reminds us, “What we must see is that the real question in worship is not, ‘What will meet my need?’ The real question is,

Worship is a Christian imperative if we are aiming to be like Christ. It’s what Christ says the Father is seeking in John 4. When we worship the Lord, we engage him with intention and reverence. When we worship the Lord, we concentrate our lives on the Supreme Being. In an age ripe with idolatry and a compulsive need to place people on the altar of our hearts, where only Christ belongs, worship must be a daily part of our lives. In prayer you can be you. In worship you can forget about you.

When Jesus resists Satan’s offer to bow down and worship him, what he shows us is the heart of a true worshipper. Worship is more than affection; it is the acknowledgment of God’s invaluable worth and a commitment to express that worth by placing him above all else. Worship reveals where our allegiances lie.

A Prayer For Worship;
God of mercy,
unite your Church in the Holy Spirit
that we may serve you with all our hearts
and work together with unselfish love.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

AMEN

Disipline 3 Scripture Reading

When we buy electronic gadgets from the store, they often come with a manual that informs us how to get the most out of our purchase. The manual tells us how to use it, how to protect it, and how to care for it. These manuals are written by manufacturers because they are aware of the gadget’s original purpose. The Bibleworks the same way. The Scriptures are like an operation manual for human life, and God’s words help us learn from the lives of others on how to live as he, our Creator, intended. Like the gadget manual, the Bible teaches us how to use, protect, and care for our lives. When we don’t read it, we are building a life without having read through the manual. We have a great tool but lack the know-how to enjoy its fullest purpose. It’s hard to live out what we don’t know. So we turn to Scripture as food for the soul.

A Prayer Before Reading Scripture:
Open my eyes, gracious Lord, as I turn to your word.
I long to know you, to understand life, and to be changed.
Examine me, Lord, by the floodlight of your truth.

Amen.

A Prayer After Reading Scripture:
May the word I have read, Lord, be planted deeply in my mind and heart.
Help me not to walk away and forget it, but to meditate on it and obey it
and so built my life on the rock of your truth.

Amen.

Disipline 4 Fasting & Prayer

Prayer and fasting is defined as voluntarily going without food in order to focus on prayer and fellowship with God. Prayer and fasting often go hand in hand, but this is not always the case. You can pray without fasting, and fast without prayer. It is when these two activities are combined and dedicated to God’s glory that they reach their full effectiveness. Having a dedicated time of prayer and fasting is not a way of manipulating God into doing what you desire. Rather, it is simply forcing yourself to focus and rely on God for the strength, provision, and wisdom you need.

A Fasting Prayer:
Lord i bring to you my burdens,
and you know my situations.
You know i can’t make it
without you.Comfort my heart,
give me stregnth,
and help me carry on.

AMEN.

Disipline 5 Prayer

What is prayer? Prayer is our direct line with heaven. Prayer is a communication process that allows us to talk to God! He wants us to communicate with Him, like a person-to-person phone call. Cell phones and other devices have become a necessity to some people in today’s society. We have bluetooth devices, blackberries, and talking computers! These are means of communication that allow two or more people to interact, discuss, and respond to one another.

A Prayer
Father of all that is good,
keep us faithful in serving you,
for to serve you is our lasting joy.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

AMEN

 

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