Key Practices of the Christian Life — Practice #7 — Spiritual Disciplines

18 Sep

Practice Seven: Spiritual Disciplines – Hungering and Thirsting for God

“Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2

In our desire to grow spiritually there are other important tools we can use other than the six we have explored so far. Often called spiritual disciplines, these practices can be used to jump start your walk with God or to re-focus your life priorities. Each one of these disciplines is extremely helpful. Developing a plan to implement them in your life will also prove beneficial to you. Below you will find a description of each of these disciplines . . .

  1. Sabbath (the Lord’s Day). Many Christians choose one day a week as a day of rest and worship. There are differing biblical views about taking a day of rest among Christians, so we should not hold others in judgment over such things, but you may find it helpful to set apart a day for rest and worship. You may be surprised how much your body needs rest when you really begin resting one day a week. You may also be surprised how spiritually and physically refreshed you will be by taking a weekly day of rest.
  2. Fasting. Abstaining from food can be a great way to remind ourselves that “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Deuteronomy 8:3). Start small, perhaps fasting from after dinner one night to dinner the next night. Eventually you can work up to where you fast for a day or two at a time. The point is not how long you can go without food but what the lack of food can reveal to you about your life with God. You may feel some sadness as your lack of food shows you how dependent you are on things to give you joy. But in the end, if you will stick with it, God will work through times of fasting in very profound ways.
  3. Unplugging. Though not commonly listed among the spiritual disciplines, in our electronically-based world a period of disconnecting from computers, cell phones, tablets and TV can be extremely helpful for our souls. Whether you choose to go off the grid one day a week or one weekend a month or something else, unplugging can be a great way to re-focus on what matters most.

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