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: Breath prayers are a simple way of becoming more aware of God’s presence. They are an opportunity to pray without ceasing. Compose a simple breath prayer to use whenever you find yourself stuck in comparison. (e.g., Jesus, help me follow you.) The words need not be eloquent or impressive; breath prayers are not mantras to be repeated mindlessly or magic incantations. Find a short sentence or phrase that you can offer to God who is able and willing to help us.
Scripture Focus: Defeated thoughts can creep into any area of our lives. We may feel like we’ve failed as a friend, spouse, or parent when we let mistakes of the past determine our worth. In these moments we can choose to change our thoughts about failure. Choose one of the following verses to meditate on this week when you feel like you’ve failed. Let these verses encourage and strengthen you. We are not failures. We are victorious through Jesus!