How do we grow in our desire and intimacy with God? For centuries, Christians have used spiritual disciplines to help them grow in faith, obedience, and devotion to God.
Spiritual disciplines are really just spiritual habits. Christians call them “disciplines” because they take some effort to develop. But once we develop them, they become like habits that we can use in our regular devotion to God.
Here are some of the spiritual disciplines:
Talking to God is vital for every Christian. But talking to God is hard work. Focusing on prayer as a discipline will help you develop this habit in your life.
Reading the Bible
As part of our pursuit of God, we should include regular, systematic reading of God’s word.
Fasting includes not eating food for a period of time, or refraining from certain foods or drinks in order to focus on God.
We are called to worship God, but this doesn’t come naturally. It must be developed.
Talking about God with others
Evangelism and discipleship are important parts of the life of every Christian. Like the other disciplines, evangelism and discipleship need to be consciously developed by the Christian.
Parents have a responsibility to introduce worship, Bible reading, and prayer into the life of their family. The goal is that this becomes a habit for the whole family.
These activities – and others like them – are things we can do to promote our relationship with God. Choose one and try it for 30 days. See if doesn’t deepen your intimacy with God.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- What other spiritual disciplines can you think of besides the one listed here?
- What are some the spiritual disciplines you have tried? What did you discover?
- Which spiritual habit do you find most helpful in your relationship with God? Explain.
- Which spiritual habit do you find the hardest to maintain? Why?
- What benefits have you seen as a result of your spiritual disciplines?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.