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The Private Side of Discipleship

There is a private side to being a disciple of Jesus Christ. It involves our private prayers, scripture reading, and spiritual nurture. The spirit needs to be cared for just as the body does. Spiritual exercise is just as important as physical exercise.

The question is, how?

God has made available to us three resources, which are essential to the health of the Spiritual life: scripture, prayer, and the guidance of others. These resources can be activated any place and any time. This little booklet is designed to help you access these three resources.

Scripture

Each week provides daily scriptures. I find it helpful to read the scripture twice. First read it quickly like you would the morning newspaper. Then ask, “Lord, what do you want me to get out of this scripture for this specific day.” Now read it more slowly and you will find that a word or phrase or verse will jump out at you, which is your gift from the Lord for that day.

Prayer

Prayer is talking to the Lord like you would any good friend. Share what your concerns are, what you are thinking about, and pray for those situations and people you worry about. Somewhere work in some thanksgiving and praise. Close by committing your life and day to the Lord. I think the key is to talk to God as if God is your best friend.

Use the rotating prayer concerns list for each day. Because we get in the habit of praying only for our basic concerns, a rotating prayer list is helpful. This way we can be sure we pray for the important people who need our prayers, but who may not be center stage in our minds.

As you pray, include these rotating prayer concerns:

Sunday   Pray for those who lead in teaching, in worship, in training.
Monday   Pray for your family.
Tuesday   Pray for those with whom you work.
Wednesday     Pray for your close friends and your neighbors.
Thursday   Pray for those who suffer.
Friday   Pray for missionaries.
Saturday   Pray for national leaders.

Readings and exercises

We profit greatly from the wisdom and guidance of others. For this reason, readings, exercises, and interpretations are given to you each week.

I hope this issue of Appointment with God will be a blessing to your walk with the Lord. Remember this principle: set a time and a place and just show up!

 
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