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: As Thomas found resolution of his doubt through his encounter with the risen Jesus, so too can we. Spend some time this week talking to Jesus about any doubts you have about the truth of the Christian message. Be honest about your doubts. Like the father who asked Jesus to heal his demon-possessed son (Mark 9:14-27), make this request, “I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief.”
Scripture Focus: Every day this week read and reflect on a different account of people whose doubts were removed because of an encounter with Jesus.
Day 1: John the Baptizer doubts whether Jesus is the Messiah (Matthew 11:1-6).
Day 2: Peter’s doubts prohibit him from walking on water (Matthew 14:22-33).
Day 3: Nathanael doubts Jesus is the Messiah (John 1:43-50).
Day 4: A Samaritan woman doubts Jesus is the Messiah (John 4:1-29).
Day 5: Disciples of Jesus doubt his identity (John 6:53-69).
Day 6: Martha doubts Jesus can raise her brother from the dead (John 11:38-44).
Day 7: Re-read Jesus’ appearance to Thomas (John 20:24-29).