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Disciplined Spirituality

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Disciplined Spirituality

  1. 1. Disciplined Spirituality Engaging in the Historical Disciplines Dr. Ken Boa and Bill Ibsen © Dr. Kenneth Boa & Bill Ibsen 2011.  All Rights Reserved.
  2. 2. Overview
  3. 3. OverviewDependence and Discipline
  4. 4. OverviewDependence and DisciplineWhat Are the Spiritual Disciplines?
  5. 5. Dependence and Discipline
  6. 6. GRACEis opposed to
  7. 7. GRACEEARNING is opposed to
  8. 8. GRACE is opposed toEARNING NOTEFFORT
  9. 9. Two Extremes
  10. 10. Two ExtremesGod’sRole
  11. 11. Two ExtremesGod’s OurRole Role
  12. 12. Extreme 1: Overemphasizing Our RoleGod’sRole Our Role
  13. 13. Extreme 1: Overemphasizing Our RoleGod’sRole Our Role - Striving for Jesus
  14. 14. Extreme 1: Overemphasizing Our RoleGod’sRole Our Role - Striving for Jesus - Emphasis on human effort
  15. 15. Extreme 1: Overemphasizing Our RoleGod’sRole Our Role - Striving for Jesus - Emphasis on human effort - Holy Spirit virtually ignored
  16. 16. Extreme 2: Overemphasizing God’s Role Our RoleGod’sRole
  17. 17. Extreme 2: Overemphasizing God’s Role Our RoleGod’sRole - Passivity
  18. 18. Extreme 2: Overemphasizing God’s Role Our RoleGod’sRole - Passivity - Stresses supernatural
  19. 19. Extreme 2: Overemphasizing God’s Role Our RoleGod’sRole - Passivity - Stresses supernatural - Downplays human element
  20. 20. Biblical Balance - Phil. 2:12-13
  21. 21. Biblical Balance - Phil. 2:12-13God’sRole
  22. 22. Biblical Balance - Phil. 2:12-13God’s OurRole Role
  23. 23. Biblical Balance - Phil. 2:12-13God’s OurRole Role - “Work out your salvation...”
  24. 24. Biblical Balance - Phil. 2:12-13God’s OurRole Role- “for it is God who is - “Work out yourat work in you...” salvation...”
  25. 25. Biblical Balance - Phil. 2:12-13God’s OurRole Role- “for it is God who is - “Work out yourat work in you...” salvation...” - Work out, not work for salvation
  26. 26. Biblical Balance - Phil. 2:12-13God’s OurRole Role- “for it is God who is - “Work out yourat work in you...” salvation...”- God gives desire - Work out,and empowerment not work forto work salvation
  27. 27. DIVINESOVEREIGNTY
  28. 28. DIVINE HUMANSOVEREIGNTY RESPONSIBILITY
  29. 29. DIVINE HUMANSOVEREIGNTY RESPONSIBILITY dependence
  30. 30. DIVINE HUMANSOVEREIGNTY RESPONSIBILITY dependence discipline
  31. 31. DIVINEHUMAN
  32. 32. Dependence
  33. 33. DependenceThe Christ-life cannot be achieved by human effort,but by divine enabling
  34. 34. DependenceThe Christ-life cannot be achieved by human effort,but by divine enablingApart from Christ, we can accomplish nothing
  35. 35. “But I say,walk by the Spirit,
  36. 36. “But I say, walk by the Spirit,and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh” - Galatians 5:16
  37. 37. “If we live by the Spirit,let us also walk by the Spirit” - Galatians 5:25
  38. 38. Dependence
  39. 39. DependenceJesus walked in total dependence upon the Father
  40. 40. DependenceJesus walked in total dependence upon the FatherWe don’t create life; we receive and display it
  41. 41. Discipline
  42. 42. DisciplineNo growth apart from discipline and self-control
  43. 43. DisciplineNo growth apart from discipline and self-control“discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness”- 1 Timothy 4:7
  44. 44. SPIRITUALIT Y
  45. 45. NOT INSTANTANEOUSSPIRITUALIT Y
  46. 46. NOT INSTANTANEOUSSPIRITUALIT Y NOT HAPHAZARD
  47. 47. NOT INSTANTANEOUSSPIRITUALIT Y NOT HAPHAZARD DEVELOPED
  48. 48. NOT INSTANTANEOUSSPIRITUALIT Y NOT HAPHAZARD DEVELOPED REFINED
  49. 49. SPIRITUALIT Y
  50. 50. NOT p a s s i v eSPIRITUALIT Y
  51. 51. NOT p a s s i v eSPIRITUALIT Y ACTIVE
  52. 52. SPIRITUALIT YACTIVE
  53. 53. SPIRITUALIT Y believe ACTIVE
  54. 54. SPIRITUALIT Y believe obey ACTIVE
  55. 55. SPIRITUALIT Y believe obey walk ACTIVE
  56. 56. SPIRITUALIT Y believe obey walk present ACTIVE
  57. 57. SPIRITUALIT Y believe obey walk present fight ACTIVE
  58. 58. SPIRITUALIT Y believe obey walk present fight reckon ACTIVE
  59. 59. SPIRITUALIT Y believe obey walk present fight reckon hold fast ACTIVE
  60. 60. SPIRITUALIT Y believe obey walk present fight reckon hold fast ACTIVE pursue
  61. 61. SPIRITUALIT Y believe obey walk present fight reckon hold fast ACTIVE pursue draw near
  62. 62. SPIRITUALIT Y believe obey walk present fight reckon hold fast ACTIVE pursue draw near love
  63. 63. Discipline
  64. 64. DisciplineSpiritual life is progressively cultivated in the disciplines
  65. 65. We’re suddenly spiritual!
  66. 66. SPIRITUALIT YACTIVE
  67. 67. SPIRITUALIT Y athlete ACTIVE
  68. 68. SPIRITUALIT Y athlete ACTIVE soldier
  69. 69. SPIRITUALIT Y athlete ACTIVE soldier farmer
  70. 70. Is “Discipline” a Bad Word?
  71. 71. Is “Discipline” a Bad Word?Negative connotations: tyranny, external restraint, legalism,bondage
  72. 72. Personal Disciplines
  73. 73. Personal Disciplines Enhance our freedom and options
  74. 74. The Benefits of the Disciplines
  75. 75. The Benefits of the Disciplines Time-tested ways of incarnating spiritual life
  76. 76. The Benefits of the Disciplines Time-tested ways of incarnating spiritual life Vehicles for internal transformation
  77. 77. The Benefits of the Disciplines Time-tested ways of incarnating spiritual life Vehicles for internal transformation Grows skill in living before God
  78. 78. The Benefits of the Disciplines
  79. 79. The Benefits of the Disciplines Equips with resources on three warfare fronts
  80. 80. The Benefits of the Disciplines Equips with resources on three warfare fronts Confers perspective and power
  81. 81. The Benefits of the Disciplines Equips with resources on three warfare fronts Confers perspective and power Replaces habits of sin with habits that cultivate character
  82. 82. Notes on the Disciplines
  83. 83. Notes on the DisciplinesWe cannot be like Christ without imitating His spirituality
  84. 84. SPIRITUALIT YNOSHORTCUT S
  85. 85. Spiritual Disciplines
  86. 86. Spiritual DisciplinesENDS
  87. 87. Spiritual Disciplines MEANSENDS TO AN END
  88. 88. Spiritual Disciplines
  89. 89. Spiritual DisciplinesGOALS
  90. 90. Spiritual DisciplinesGOALS STRATEGY
  91. 91. Notes on the Disciplines
  92. 92. Notes on the DisciplinesSpiritual growth is inside out, not outside in
  93. 93. Notes on the DisciplinesSpiritual growth is inside out, not outside inSpiritual disciplines are good servants, but poor masters.
  94. 94. Notes on the Disciplines
  95. 95. Notes on the DisciplinesDisciplines are merely tools for growth
  96. 96. Notes on the DisciplinesDisciplines are merely tools for growthEvery Christian should NOT practice all disciplines always
  97. 97. Notes on the DisciplinesDisciplines are merely tools for growthEvery Christian should NOT practice all disciplines always Some are negotiable, others are nonnegotiable
  98. 98. Notes on the Disciplines
  99. 99. Notes on the DisciplinesTemperament and circumstance draws us toparticular disciplines
  100. 100. Notes on the DisciplinesTemperament and circumstance draws us toparticular disciplinesOccasionally engage in less attractive disciplinesfor benefits
  101. 101. What Are the Spiritual Disciplines?
  102. 102. SECOND TOTHE SPIRIT
  103. 103. SECOND TOTHE SPIRIT OUR WILL
  104. 104. WILLSECOND TOTHE SPIRIT OUR IS THE MOST POWERFUL FORCE/ASSET WE POSSESS
  105. 105. WHAT DO I WILL?
  106. 106. WHAT DO I WILL? I WILL BECOME LIKE THAT WHICH I VALUE
  107. 107. SPIRITUALDISCIPLINES
  108. 108. SPIRITUALDISCIPLINES TRAIN MY WILL
  109. 109. Disciplines of Abstinence
  110. 110. Disciplines of Abstinence Disciplines of Engagement
  111. 111. Disciplines of Abstinence Disciplines of Engagement Stop doing
  112. 112. Disciplines of Abstinence Disciplines of Engagement Stop doing Start doing
  113. 113. 1. Solitude and Silence
  114. 114. 1. Solitude and SilenceSolitude is the most fundamental of the disciplines
  115. 115. 1. Solitude and SilenceSolitude is the most fundamental of the disciplines Moves us away from the world into the presence of God
  116. 116. 1. Solitude and Silence
  117. 117. 1. Solitude and Silence Distances us from noise, schedules, and distraction, to focus on God’s purposes and expectations for us
  118. 118. 1. Solitude and Silence Distances us from noise, schedules, and distraction, to focus on God’s purposes and expectations for us Discover a place of strength, dependence, reflection, and renewal
  119. 119. 1. Solitude and Silence
  120. 120. 1. Solitude and Silence Confront harmful inner patterns and forces
  121. 121. 1. Solitude and Silence Confront harmful inner patterns and forces Nurtures depth, perspective, purpose, and resolve
  122. 122. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
  123. 123. “Let him who cannot be alone Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
  124. 124. “Let him who cannot be alone beware of community... Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
  125. 125. “Let him who cannot be alone beware of community...“Let him who is not in community Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
  126. 126. “Let him who cannot be alone beware of community...“Let him who is not in community beware of being alone.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
  127. 127. 1. Solitude and Silence
  128. 128. 1. Solitude and SilenceSilence is a catalyst of solitude
  129. 129. 1. Solitude and SilenceSilence is a catalyst of solitude Prepares the way for inner seclusion and listening to God
  130. 130. 2. Prayer
  131. 131. 2. PrayerPersonal communion and dialogue with God
  132. 132. 2. PrayerPersonal communion and dialogue with GodA meeting place to receive grace, releaseburdens, and be honest
  133. 133. 2. PrayerPersonal communion and dialogue with GodA meeting place to receive grace, releaseburdens, and be honestStructured times and ongoing dialogue in themundane
  134. 134. 3. Journaling
  135. 135. 3. JournalingSpiritual Diary:
  136. 136. 3. JournalingSpiritual Diary: Recording insights, feelings, and experiences
  137. 137. 3. JournalingSpiritual Diary: Recording insights, feelings, and experiencesRelated to disciplines of prayer, meditation, and study
  138. 138. 3. Journaling
  139. 139. 3. JournalingEnhances personal reflection
  140. 140. 3. JournalingEnhances personal reflectionRecord of perspectives from God and Scripture
  141. 141. 3. JournalingEnhances personal reflectionRecord of perspectives from God and ScriptureAnother form of prayer
  142. 142. 4. Study and Meditation
  143. 143. 4. Study and Meditation Key to process of renewing the mind
  144. 144. 4. Study and Meditation Key to process of renewing the mind Study: reading, observation, interpretation, application
  145. 145. 4. Study and Meditation Key to process of renewing the mind Study: reading, observation, interpretation, application Devotional reflection on the beauty of nature and on gifted authors
  146. 146. 4. Study and Meditation
  147. 147. 4. Study and Meditation Meditation: focus on the nuances of revealed truth
  148. 148. 4. Study and Meditation Meditation: focus on the nuances of revealed truth Pondering Scripture
  149. 149. 4. Study and Meditation Meditation: focus on the nuances of revealed truth Pondering Scripture Memorizing Scripture
  150. 150. 5. Fasting and Chastity
  151. 151. 5. Fasting and ChastityFasting: Abstention from physical nourishmentfor spiritual sustenance
  152. 152. 5. Fasting and ChastityFasting: Abstention from physical nourishmentfor spiritual sustenance Practice of self-denial in various forms and degrees
  153. 153. 5. Fasting and Chastity
  154. 154. 5. Fasting and ChastityChastity: Elevates loving concern for the good ofothers above personal gratification
  155. 155. 5. Fasting and ChastityChastity: Elevates loving concern for the good ofothers above personal gratificationApplies to singles and marrieds
  156. 156. 5. Fasting and ChastityChastity: Elevates loving concern for the good ofothers above personal gratificationApplies to singles and marriedsResist improper feelings, fantasies, obsessions,and relations
  157. 157. 6. Secrecy
  158. 158. 6. SecrecyDependence upon God alone for what should orshould not be noticed by others
  159. 159. 6. Secrecy
  160. 160. 6. SecrecyOpposite of grasping and self-promotion
  161. 161. 6. SecrecyOpposite of grasping and self-promotion Teaches us to love anonymity
  162. 162. 6. SecrecyOpposite of grasping and self-promotion Teaches us to love anonymity Frees from the bondage of other’s opinions
  163. 163. 6. Secrecy
  164. 164. 6. SecrecyNot a false humility
  165. 165. 6. SecrecyNot a false humilityHeartfelt desire to seek God’s praise and approval,not people’s
  166. 166. 6. SecrecyNot a false humilityHeartfelt desire to seek God’s praise and approval,not people’sDesire to exclusively please the Audience of One
  167. 167. 7. Confession
  168. 168. 7. ConfessionUncovering and naming our sins, secrets,failures and weaknesses
  169. 169. 7. ConfessionUncovering and naming our sins, secrets,failures and weaknessesSets us free from the burden/dominion ofhidden sin
  170. 170. 7. ConfessionUncovering and naming our sins, secrets,failures and weaknessesSets us free from the burden/dominion ofhidden sinRequires transparency and humility in thepresence of trusted others
  171. 171. 8. Fellowship
  172. 172. 8. FellowshipEnjoying community
  173. 173. 8. FellowshipEnjoying communityIndividualism, autonomy, and independenceare barriers to this discipline
  174. 174. 8. Fellowship
  175. 175. 8. FellowshipRegular exposure to diversity of naturaland spiritual gifts pays dividends
  176. 176. 8. FellowshipRegular exposure to diversity of naturaland spiritual gifts pays dividendsKoinonia: communion, closerelationship, fellowship
  177. 177. 8. FellowshipRegular exposure to diversity of naturaland spiritual gifts pays dividendsKoinonia: communion, closerelationship, fellowship Not “punch and cookies” or “pot-luck suppers”
  178. 178. 9. Submission and Guidance
  179. 179. 9. Submission and GuidanceSubmission: Voluntary submission to others asan expression of our submission to Christ
  180. 180. 9. Submission and GuidanceSubmission: Voluntary submission to others asan expression of our submission to Christ Subordination and servanthood and self-denial
  181. 181. 9. Submission and GuidanceSubmission: Voluntary submission to others asan expression of our submission to Christ Subordination and servanthood and self-denial Develops other-centeredness
  182. 182. 9. Submission and Guidance
  183. 183. 9. Submission and GuidanceGuidance: Seeking spiritual direction
  184. 184. 9. Submission and GuidanceGuidance: Seeking spiritual direction Accountability to experienced, godly mentors
  185. 185. 10. Simplicity, Stewardship, and Sacrifice
  186. 186. 10. Simplicity, Stewardship, and Sacrifice
  187. 187. 10. Simplicity, Stewardship, and Sacrifice All 3 relate to our attitude and use of resources
  188. 188. 10. Simplicity, Stewardship, and Sacrifice All 3 relate to our attitude and use of resources Simplicity: Willingness to abstain from using resources for own gratification and aggrandizement
  189. 189. 10. Simplicity, Stewardship, and Sacrifice
  190. 190. 10. Simplicity, Stewardship, and Sacrifice Stewardship: Managing assets of Another (time, treasure, talent, and truth)
  191. 191. 10. Simplicity, Stewardship, and Sacrifice Stewardship: Managing assets of Another (time, treasure, talent, and truth) Periodic review of our investment activity
  192. 192. 10. Simplicity, Stewardship, and Sacrifice
  193. 193. 10. Simplicity, Stewardship, and Sacrifice Sacrifice: Occasional risk of giving up something we need (not merely want)
  194. 194. 10. Simplicity, Stewardship, and Sacrifice Sacrifice: Occasional risk of giving up something we need (not merely want) Faith-builder
  195. 195. 11. Worship and Celebration
  196. 196. 11. Worship and CelebrationWorship: Being fully occupied with the attributesof God (His Person, powers, and perfections)
  197. 197. 11. Worship and CelebrationWorship: Being fully occupied with the attributesof God (His Person, powers, and perfections) Devotional reflection on Christ’s person and work as mediator
  198. 198. 11. Worship and CelebrationWorship: Being fully occupied with the attributesof God (His Person, powers, and perfections) Devotional reflection on Christ’s person and work as mediator Expands our concept of who God is and what He has done
  199. 199. 11. Worship and Celebration
  200. 200. 11. Worship and CelebrationCelebration: Focusing on all God has done for us
  201. 201. 11. Worship and CelebrationCelebration: Focusing on all God has done for usDiscipline of choosing gratitude and rememberingrather than grumbling and indifference
  202. 202. 11. Worship and CelebrationCelebration: Focusing on all God has done for usDiscipline of choosing gratitude and rememberingrather than grumbling and indifference Review and relive the history of God’s blessings and revel in His goodness
  203. 203. 12. Service
  204. 204. 12. ServiceService: Taking on roles passed over without callingattention to ourselves
  205. 205. 12. ServiceService: Taking on roles passed over without callingattention to ourselvesSteadfastly refuses to live for appearance and recognition
  206. 206. 12. ServiceService: Taking on roles passed over without callingattention to ourselvesSteadfastly refuses to live for appearance and recognitionShowing kindness, courtesy, sensitivity to people oftenoverlooked
  207. 207. 13. Witness
  208. 208. 13. WitnessEvangelism: Choosing to go beyond our circle of believingfriends to invest in unbelievers
  209. 209. 13. WitnessEvangelism: Choosing to go beyond our circle of believingfriends to invest in unbelieversA discipline requiring a corresponding lifestyle
  210. 210. 13. Witness
  211. 211. 13. WitnessTakes seriously the biblical mandate to bear witness to Jesus
  212. 212. 13. WitnessTakes seriously the biblical mandate to bear witness to JesusBuilds non-manipulative relationships with eternity in view
  213. 213. 14. Gratitude
  214. 214. 14. GratitudeRemember God’s deliverance in the past
  215. 215. 14. GratitudeRemember God’s deliverance in the pastRemember God’s benefits in the present
  216. 216. 14. GratitudeRemember God’s deliverance in the pastRemember God’s benefits in the presentRemember God’s promises for the future
  217. 217. Two Disciplines of Abstinence
  218. 218. Two Disciplines of AbstinenceThe Discipline of Solitude
  219. 219. Two Disciplines of AbstinenceThe Discipline of SolitudeThe Discipline of Silence
  220. 220. 1. The Discipline of Solitude
  221. 221. 1. The Discipline of SolitudeAn indispensable practice of Jesus (Mt. 14:23)
  222. 222. 1. The Discipline of SolitudeAn indispensable practice of Jesus (Mt. 14:23)Nurtures depth, perspective, purpose, and resolve
  223. 223. 1. The Discipline of Solitude
  224. 224. 1. The Discipline of SolitudePeriodic distancing from schedules, noises, and crowdsdevelops receptivity to God
  225. 225. 1. The Discipline of Solitude
  226. 226. 1. The Discipline of SolitudeThe purgation of solitude
  227. 227. 1. The Discipline of SolitudeThe purgation of solitudeSolitude can transcend place
  228. 228. “Let him who cannot be alone
  229. 229. “Let him who cannot be alone beware of community...
  230. 230. “Let him who cannot be alone beware of community...“Let him who is not in community
  231. 231. “Let him who cannot be alone beware of community...“Let him who is not in community beware of being alone.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
  232. 232. 2. The Discipline of Silence
  233. 233. 2. The Discipline of SilenceCompanion disciplines:
  234. 234. 2. The Discipline of SilenceCompanion disciplines: Silence gives depth to solitude
  235. 235. 2. The Discipline of SilenceCompanion disciplines: Silence gives depth to solitude Solitude creates a place for silence
  236. 236. 2. The Discipline of SilenceCompanion disciplines: Silence gives depth to solitude Solitude creates a place for silence Practiced inwardly and outwardly
  237. 237. “Where shall the world be found,
  238. 238. “Where shall the world be found, where will the word resound?
  239. 239. “Where shall the world be found, where will the word resound? Not here, there is not enough silence.” T.S. Eliot
  240. 240. “In repentance and rest you will be saved,
  241. 241. “In repentance and rest you will be saved,in quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15
  242. 242. “In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15“When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,
  243. 243. “In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15“When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” Proverbs 10:19
  244. 244. The Discipline of Silence
  245. 245. The Discipline of SilenceIncreases our psychic margin, poise, credibility
  246. 246. The Discipline of SilenceIncreases our psychic margin, poise, credibilityMakes us better observers and others-centered listeners
  247. 247. The Discipline of Silence
  248. 248. The Discipline of SilenceRelates to self-control
  249. 249. The Discipline of SilenceRelates to self-controlSpend a day in unbroken silence
  250. 250. Three Disciplines of Engagement
  251. 251. Three Disciplines of Engagement The Discipline of Study
  252. 252. Three Disciplines of Engagement The Discipline of Study The Discipline of Meditation
  253. 253. Three Disciplines of Engagement The Discipline of Study The Discipline of Meditation The Discipline of Prayer
  254. 254. 1. The Discipline of Study
  255. 255. 1. The Discipline of StudyPivotal to spiritual nourishment and growth
  256. 256. 1. The Discipline of StudyPivotal to spiritual nourishment and growthCultivates eternal values and priorities
  257. 257. 1. The Discipline of StudyPivotal to spiritual nourishment and growthCultivates eternal values and prioritiesProvides guidance for decision making
  258. 258. 1. The Discipline of Study
  259. 259. 1. The Discipline of StudyAssists in overcoming temptation
  260. 260. 1. The Discipline of StudyAssists in overcoming temptationEnhances our knowledge of Godand ourselves
  261. 261. Study Suggestions
  262. 262. Study SuggestionsAttitude of openness, humility, reverence, and teachability
  263. 263. Study SuggestionsAttitude of openness, humility, reverence, and teachabilityConstant, pre-planned, systematic exposure
  264. 264. Study SuggestionsAttitude of openness, humility, reverence, and teachabilityConstant, pre-planned, systematic exposureAsk, answer, accumulate, apply
  265. 265. Study Suggestions
  266. 266. Study SuggestionsSynthetic or Analytic methods
  267. 267. Study SuggestionsSynthetic or Analytic methodsTopical or Biographical methods
  268. 268. Study SuggestionsSynthetic or Analytic methodsTopical or Biographical methodsClassics of the faith
  269. 269. 2. The Discipline of Meditation
  270. 270. 2. The Discipline of Meditation Our minds constantly dwell on something
  271. 271. 2. The Discipline of Meditation Our minds constantly dwell on something Meditation: Deliberately choosing what we set our minds upon, and gently returning to it when we wander
  272. 272. 2. The Discipline of Meditation
  273. 273. 2. The Discipline of Meditation Not an emptying but a filling
  274. 274. 2. The Discipline of Meditation Not an emptying but a filling The heart makes room for that upon which it dwells
  275. 275. Meditation Suggestions
  276. 276. Meditation Suggestions Brief passages
  277. 277. Meditation Suggestions Brief passages Specific times
  278. 278. Meditation Suggestions Brief passages Specific times Visualize
  279. 279. Meditation Suggestions
  280. 280. Meditation Suggestions Creatively ponder
  281. 281. Meditation Suggestions Creatively ponder H.W.L.W. habit
  282. 282. Meditation Suggestions Creatively ponder H.W.L.W. habit Practice, practice, practice
  283. 283. 3. The Discipline of Prayer
  284. 284. 3. The Discipline of PrayerPrayer: Talking directly and openly to God
  285. 285. 3. The Discipline of PrayerPrayer: Talking directly and openly to God“Prayer is God’s delight because it shows the reachesof our poverty and the riches of His grace.” - John Piper
  286. 286. Why Pray?
  287. 287. Why Pray? Enhances fellowship/intimacy with God
  288. 288. Why Pray? Enhances fellowship/intimacy with God Command
  289. 289. Why Pray? Enhances fellowship/intimacy with God Command Christ’s example
  290. 290. Why Pray?
  291. 291. Why Pray? Appropriates God’s power
  292. 292. Why Pray? Appropriates God’s power Receive special help from God
  293. 293. Why Pray?
  294. 294. Why Pray?Prayer makes a genuine difference
  295. 295. Why Pray?Prayer makes a genuine differencePrayer develops our understanding and knowledge of God
  296. 296. Why Pray?
  297. 297. Why Pray?God’s answers bring joy and peace
  298. 298. Why Pray?God’s answers bring joy and peacePrayer helps us understand and accomplish God’s purposes
  299. 299. Why Pray?God’s answers bring joy and peacePrayer helps us understand and accomplish God’s purposesPrayer changes our attitudes and desires
  300. 300. Suggestions for Prayer
  301. 301. Suggestions for PrayerChoose the best time
  302. 302. Suggestions for PrayerChoose the best timeChoose the best place
  303. 303. Suggestions for PrayerChoose the best timeChoose the best placeSet a minimum time fordaily prayer
  304. 304. Suggestions for Prayer
  305. 305. Suggestions for PrayerBe consistent
  306. 306. Suggestions for PrayerBe consistentFocus on the person of God
  307. 307. Suggestions for PrayerBe consistentFocus on the person of GodCome before Him in humility
  308. 308. Suggestions for Prayer
  309. 309. Suggestions for PrayerCome expectantly to the throne
  310. 310. Suggestions for PrayerCome expectantly to the thronePray at all times in the Spirit
  311. 311. Suggestions for PrayerCome expectantly to the thronePray at all times in the SpiritStrive for a balanced diet
  312. 312. Suggestions for Prayer
  313. 313. Suggestions for PrayerPray Scripture back to God
  314. 314. Suggestions for PrayerPray Scripture back to GodDo not do all the talking
  315. 315. Suggestions for PrayerPray Scripture back to GodDo not do all the talkingPractice the presence of God
  316. 316. The End
  317. 317. Reflections Ministries Resources
  318. 318. Reflections Ministries ResourcesReflections - A free monthlyteaching letter
  319. 319. Reflections Ministries ResourcesReflections - A free monthlyteaching letter
  320. 320. DVD Series
  321. 321. DVD Series$20 1-800-DRAW NEAR
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