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Spiritual Disciplines

I. Introduction

 Another area that is critical for our spiritual health is the discipline of prayer.  As we said last week, this discipline is not a burden but a privilege.  Through the work of Christ at the cross, we can now come into the presence of the Father (see Hebrews 10:19ff).  We can speak to Him even as He speaks to us through His Word.  We can cast our cares upon Him, knowing that He hears us and delights in doing us good.  Unfortunately, we all have the tendency to see prayer as simply a waste of time.  We get finished, say our ‘Amen,’ and since we cannot see any immediate results, feel like the time could have been better spent.  Yet, we must believe the importance and power of prayer.  Listen to this quote of A. C. Dixon (Piper, Brothers…, p. 56).  We have to admit our inadequacy and inability to accomplish anything apart from Christ.  It is this thought that will remind us of our desperate need to pray.  Tonight, I want to begin by saying a quick word about different types of prayer and then offer some ideas for disciplined prayer.

II.  Spontaneous and Planned prayer

 There are times throughout the day that we pray.  Before meals, driving in the car, when something unexpected hits us, as we go to bed, all represent times of spontaneous prayer.  We should pray like this.  Paul tells us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  In other words, we are to enjoy constant communion with God.  We need even to be disciplined in our spontaneous prayers.  We need to pray before acting or speaking and that takes discipline.  We need to admit our dependency upon God throughout every activity of our life.  Yet, this is not the only way that we need to pray.  We also need to have times of planned prayer.  We need to set aside time to pray for certain things in our life.  We need to purposefully rest in the Lord and commune with Him each day.  So, what does this look like?

III.  Suggestions for Planned prayer times

 A.  Daily, weekly, monthly approach (Pray for certain things each day, each week, and each month)
 B.  Prayer journaling (Keep a written journal of your prayers)
 C.  Praying through Biblical prayers (Carson’s A Call to Spiritual Reformation works through the prayers of Paul)
 D.  Praying through Biblical passages (following your Bible reading plan)
 E.  Praying through requests at Church (bulletin and Wednesday night)
 F.  Combination of the above
 G.  Other?

IV.  Conclusion

 As we said last week, develop a plan, do the plan, and evaluate the plan (then start over).  We need to be a praying people.  Why would we neglect the glorious privilege of talking with our God and Savior?  May we be faithful in the discipline of prayer.  Amen.

~ William Marshall ~

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 August 2008 )

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