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: In your times of prayer this week, take a few moments for the following:
- Request that God gives you the wisdom to discern good teachers and leaders from bad ones.
- Ask God that he helps you resist any temptation to use the gospel, your knowledge of the Bible, and your Christian faith for your own benefit or advancement.
Scripture Focus: God serves as both a model for how to minister to people and a contrast to bad leaders. Each day this week carefully and slowly read Ezekiel 34:1-16. Notice how God shepherds his people compared to how some of Israel’s leaders shepherded the people. You may even want to read this passage alongside Psalm 23.