In last weekend’s message, Oregon Campus Pastor Andy Rectenwald discussed the importance of practicing spiritual disciplines. As Pastor Andy mentioned, spiritual disciplines are the ways we practice the presence of God. There are two types of spiritual disciplines: abstinence (refraining from a certain action) and engagement (actively participating in faith through study, worship, prayer, and confession).
While these actions may seem like a basic part of the Christian walk, it is easy to fall into the habit of going through the motions and taking them for granted. Thankfully, engagement provides us with practical ways to connect with God on a deeper and more intimate level.
- Study involves not only reading the Bible but also meditating on it and diving deeply into the meaning of each chapter.
- Worship comes in many forms, such as through music or connecting with nature.
- Prayer consists of sharing our hearts with the Lord and allows us to praise him, thank him, and cast our burdens upon him.
- Confession allows us to share our sins and burdens with fellow Christ-followers. It includes holding each other accountable and helping each other heal from our sins.
Prayer is my favorite spiritual discipline. I have grown tremendously in my faith this past year, and prayer has been one of the most influential ways I’ve grown my relationship with God. Prayer comes in all forms—just as God created each of us uniquely, he also allows us to connect with him in our own unique ways.
I am a writer at heart, and I struggle with speaking. I have learned to pray through journaling, and it has changed my life! There have been many nights that I have journaled page upon page, pouring my heart out to God. It provides a safe space where God both sees and hears my praises and cries.
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Whether you prefer study, worship, prayer, or confession, each of these disciplines provides a practical way to form an intimate bond with our heavenly Father. I would encourage you to find what works best for you so that you, too, can consistently and enthusiastically grow your relationship with God.
Which forms of engagement do you feel God leading you to?
What form of engagement would be the most challenging to you? Why?
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Practice one form of engagement consistently for a week. Discuss your experience with a fellow Christian.
Heavenly Father, thank you for providing us ways to form an intimate bond with you. Thank you for allowing us to connect with you in diverse ways that align with our individual gifts and personalities. Please help us discern which element of engagement will bring us closest to you. Additionally, please challenge us in each element of engagement and give us strength to be consistent and enthusiastic in our walk with Christ. Amen.
This post was written by Isabelle Billnitzer. Isabelle is a regular attender of CedarCreek and serves in the children’s ministry. She is passionate about writing and loves spending time with her family and friends. Her goal is to show people the love of Jesus Christ.
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