Personal Spiritual Exercises
Just like physical exercises help strengthen and stretch our bodies for healthy living, these spiritual exercises are meant to move us spiritually in ways that may be new so we might experience inner growth. Since God longs for us to experience Him with our whole selves—mind, body, spirit—we invite you along each week to strengthen your souls with suggestions and prompts. Next week in Life Group, take a few moments to share how the Lord may have used this exercise in your life.
Scripture Focus: We all struggle with feelings of inadequacy at some point. Scripture reminds us that God is more than adequate to meet the challenges before us; we are simply to entrust ourselves to Him. Read 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 as a strong reminder that your adequacy is in Christ alone.
Prayer Focus: Listening to God. Prayer isn’t a one-way expression on our part but also a time for us to listen. We won’t likely hear God call to us from a burning bush as Moses did, but we can take time to be silent before God at regular intervals, like first thing each morning or at the end of each day. Choose one of those times and set a reminder to pause daily this week. Simply pray, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”
Plan to spend 5-10 minutes actively listening to God. You may find yourself distracted during this time. That’s okay, just release the thoughts back to God and pray again, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.” The point is to practice turning your attention to God. Every time you get distracted is an opportunity to turn your attention back to God.