Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sample Daily Discipline for 28 Days

Covenant Commitment

  • To spend a dedicated half hour each day with God in prayer and guided Bible study. 
  • To honestly seek God’s guidance in my daily decisions by asking these two questions: “What is God saying to me?” and “What am I going to do about it?”
  • To share with at least one other person (preferably two) what I am discovering (both successes and failures) so that he or she can join me in prayer and hold me accountable. 
  • To participate each week in the life of my faith community.

Materials to Have on Hand

  • Copy of Welcome to a Life That Matters
  • Bible (preferably an CEB, NIV, TNIV, NRSV, NASV, NLT or NKJV version, with both Old and New Testaments)
  • A Journal (nothing fancy—a spiral notebook will do!) to capture observations and action plans.
  • Pen and highlighter to mark the book or the Bible and to take notes. 

Overview of A Personal Worship Process

  1. Center down, deliberately placing yourself in the presence of God. For one minute just be quiet and experience God’s presence in the silence. A great way to center your focus is to light a single candle and focus on the flame and thinking of nothing else but God’s love for you in Christ.
  2. Be quiet before the Word. Select the passage of the day. Read it slowly, giving it your full attention and listen for God’s Word to you.
  3. Be passively open. Don’t try to figure things out, but be open to the leading and suggestion of the Holy Spirit. Don’t try to impose logic or rationalization upon the Scripture at this point.
  4. Focus your mind on the Scripture.
  5. Apply to your life.  Ask yourself, “What is God saying to me?”  Ask yourself, “What am I going to do about it?”

30 Minutes a Day to Discover A Life that Matters
There is power in the practice of daily discipline. Here is a daily guide on how to spend 30 minutes with God.

5 minutes: Praise and Thanksgiving (Psalm 100:4)

  • Praise God for being God! For creation, for the sending Jesus to be Lord of your life.
  • Thank God for whatever blessings He has brought into your life, no matter how small.

5 minutes: Confession and Repentance

  • Admit to God how you have fallen short of what His ways are for your life (be as specific as possible, God won’t tell anyone else).
  • Ask for forgiveness. A simple breath prayer like, “Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner,” may help in centering your time. 
  • Receive God’s forgiveness and strive to continue on “God-ward.”

13 minutes: Read the passage for the day within the book or additional readings.

  • Pray for insight as you read and meditate on the passage.
  • Write out in a few words what the main point of the passage is.
  • Ask God to help you apply the passage to your life. Write down those areas.
  • Spend time praying for the areas of your life that God has “nudged” you about through this and other passages you are studying.
  • Open your heart to God’s leading and direction.
  • Ask yourself: “What is God saying to me?” and “What am I going to do about it?” Write those responses in the book or journal to reference and remind yourself later.

5 minutes: Pray for the needs of others.

  • Make a list in your journal of prayer requests, concerns, and places where you need God’s guidance.
  • Leave room to record how God answers those prayers. 

2 minutes: Commit your day to the Lord—all of it. 

Give this a try for 28 days. I have found that anything I do consistently for a month or more, becomes a habit. My prayer is that at the end of the month, you too will be:

Consumed by the Call,

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