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: When suffering enters our lives we tend to want to blame/repay/punish someone. Maybe the suffering is just because we live in a world afflicted by sin or maybe it comes as a result of another’s words or actions, but 2 Thessalonians 1 is clear, we are to leave judgment to God. As a way of reminding ourselves of this, take time this week in prayer to thoughtfully reflect on Psalm 34:1-8. Read it out loud to yourself each day. Listen what the Holy Spirit wants to say to you as you do this.
Scripture Focus: Spend time this week reading through Hebrews 11:1-12:2. These are all people whose faith was enlarged as they walked with God. Some of them were persecuted and they all struggled in faith, but God was faithful to enlarge their faith so they could participate in His purposes and grow closer to Him and become more like Him.