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.
Scripture Focus: Rewrite Exodus 20:2 using actions that God has taken in your life that He might reference in order to identify Himself to you (“I am the Lord your God, who ___________”) and consider how you can bring praise to Him for how He has worked in your life.
For example, He might say to you “I am the Lord your God, who taught you the meaning of forgiveness and set you free from the guilt and shame of your past.”
Prayer Focus: The first three of the Ten Commandments are all concerned with how God’s people are meant to interact with Him in light of His nature and identity. Here are a few ways that you can observe and praise His nature through prayer this week:
- Address Him as the one true God, who is supreme over all of creation.
- Thank Him for His laws and correction, which create order out of chaos.
- Acknowledge and repent of the things that tend to become idols in your life.
- Ask him for opportunities to bear His name well.