Sunday, April 01, 2012

Connecting With God

Richard Foster, in his book The Celebration of Discipline, provided the following list of Biblical spiritual disciplines.

Inner Disciplines
The Disciplines of Meditation, Prayer, Fasting, Study

Outer Disciplines
The Disciplines of Simplicity, Solitude, Submission, Service

Corporate Disciplines
The Disciplines of Confession, Worship, Guidance, Celebration

While practicing these disciplines no doubt shape our lives in profound ways, the point of spiritual disciplines is to connect us to God.  Simply put, it’s all about relationship. 

It’s not whether you pray for 5 minutes, 20 minutes, or an hour, it’s whether or not you connected with God in your prayer time.  It’s not whether you read a verse, a chapter, or an entire book, it’s whether or not you heard God’s voice through His word.  This same connection principle is true in our worship, church attendance, service, etc.  It’s not about “doing your duty” or “fulfilling a requirement,” it is all about connecting with God in relationship.  You were created for a relationship with God and when you make that connection, that’s when you find true fulfillment. 

This week take time to partake in at least one spiritual discipline and when you do have only one goal...connecting with God.