If you are serious about growing spiritually, then you need to become familiar with the Christian spiritual disciplines. Although there are more than ten of them, the three main ones can take you far and you can develop additional disciplines as you strengthen your walk with God.
The first discipline that you should incorporate into your life is Bible reading. The Bible, being the very words of God, is “…profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). Daily Bible reading can help you hear God’s voice of wisdom and instruction so that you can grow in grace.
Secondly, you should become a person of prayer.Prayer is vital to the Christian life – as E.M. Bounds wrote,“When faith ceases to pray, it ceases to live.” Prayer is God’s way for us to communicate with Him and it is both a privilege and a discipline.
There are four basic elements of prayer:
- Praise / Adoration: We give to God the recognition and response that His glory demands.
- Confession: We tell God where we have sinned and agree with Him that it is against His law.
- Thanksgiving: We return thanks to God for who He is and what He has done both for us and also in us.
- Petition / Intercession: We ask God to give or do what we desire of Him. This can be on our own behalf (petition) or for the sake of others (intercession).
Not ever prayer has to include every element but they do provide a good starting point for making our prayers fuller and more all-inclusive.
The third discipline is worship – both public and private. Worship is how we show reverence and adoration for God, especially in light of who He is. We are to worship in “Spirit and truth”(John 4:24), indicating that our worship is to be characterized by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and to be done in the way that the Bible prescribes.
The other spiritual disciplines are in a sense subordinate to these three.In other words, without these three, the others are emptied of their meaning. Culver City Christian Counseling can help you develop all of the spiritual disciplines so that you can see true spiritual growth in your life.