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.
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 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:
||Pray for those who lead in teaching, in worship, in training.
||Pray for your family.
||Pray for those with whom you work.
||Pray for your close friends and your neighbors.
||Pray for those who suffer.
||Pray for missionaries.
||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!