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: How do we become people who pray without ceasing? Try the following exercise this week. Find some specific item you want to talk with God about (a burden, plans, work, family). Set a reminder on your watch or phone (or by some other means) for every hour (or two hours). When your reminder alerts you, pause for a moment and have a quick conversation with God about the topic you chose. You don’t need to ask God for anything. You can simply talk to him about it. Toward the end of the week, you might find that you are talking to God about that topic without needing a reminder.
Scripture Focus: Spend time this week (preferably every day) thoughtfully reading Romans 12. As you do, notice some of the similarities between it and the end of 1 Thessalonians (5:12-28); rejecting evil and embracing good, pursuing holiness with our whole being, the importance of love and support of brothers and sisters in Christ, not seeking revenge, and more.