The Healthy Disciple Practices the Spiritual Disciplines

Steve Macchia

READ : John 15:1-8

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. (v. 4 NIV)

Trait Three: The healthy disciple pursues the daily disciplines of prayer, Bible study, and reflection.

Lesser priorities tugging for our affection (and time) often usurp intimacy with Christ. Those alternative intimacies include climbing the corporate ladder, seeking self-fulfillment through money, sex, or influence over others, and a host of other ambitions and desires. All of them keep us from pursuing the heart of God.

When’s the last time you sat quietly and reflectively in the presence of God? How long did you linger in his presence? For most Christians, practicing the spiritual disciplines feels like more work, another item to check off the daily to-do list. Don’t let that happen to you.

God isn’t any different from human parents. What he most longs for is an intimate relationship with all his children. The spiritual disciplines of prayer, Scripture study and reflection lead us into a deeper love of our Father. Make that your number one priority each new day and everything else will fall into place.

Today as you pray, sit a few minutes longer than usual and in the silence of the moment ask Jesus to help you keep intimacy with him your central mission in life. That’s how your heart will become Christ’s home today.

PRAYER

Draw near to me, Father, as I draw near to you in a quiet place where your Word can refresh my soul.