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.
Prayer Focus: Mary Magdelene was an unlikely first witness to the risen Jesus Christ. Yet, she didn’t let the way others viewed her hold her back from the mission Jesus had given her. She boldly announced, “I have seen the Lord.”
- Pray to be aware of opportunities to share times you have seen the Lord Jesus work in your life.
- Ask God to give you boldness when you have a chance to share.
- Pray for other members of your group to also take steps of faith in sharing about Jesus with others.
Scripture Focus: Read Psalm 40 throughout the week, paying special attention to the way God sees, hears, and meets the needs of the writer. How does this remind you of the way Jesus came to Mary in the garden? You may want to journal a response or listen to an audio version Psalm 40 to make it a multi-sensory exercise.