Personal Spiritual Exercises
Each week we’re suggesting a couple of spiritual exercises. These are not required, but they may help us to actively live our faith and grow as followers of Jesus. Feel free to practice one or both. If a certain exercise is helpful for you, we encourage you to find a way to incorporate it into your daily life. Next week in your Life Group, take a few moments to share how either of these exercises may have changed your outlook on your daily life.
(1) Josh Luse used the following prayer by 17th Century French philosopher, Blaise Pascal.
O Lord, let me not henceforth desire health or life except to spend them for you, with you, and in you. You alone know what is good for me; do therefore what seems best to you. Give to me or take from me; conform my will to yours; and grant that with humble and perfect submission and in holy confidence I may receive the orders of your eternal providence, and may equally adore all that comes to me from you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the next week, pray this prayer daily (or perhaps twice a day, morning and evening) and ponder your contribution and responsibilities to God’s kingdom mission.
(2) Review the book of Acts this week by skimming through it, or reading it in whole if you have time. Make two columns on a sheet of paper. In the first column write down the obstacles you see that stood in the way of the progress of the spread of God’s kingdom. In the second column, write down how God removed those obstacles. What lessons did you learn from this exercise?