Spiritual Exercise

Rating: Educational, inspirational

Recently one of my clients told me he wanted to draw closer to God, but didn’t know how. Faith was new to him. He was raised in a home where no one went to church or prayed or anything so he didn’t really know where to start. He asked me for some direction. Here are some thoughts I shared with him.

Developing a spiritual practice that helps you draw closer to God is really important. But you want to make sure it doesn’t become an empty ritual. It needs to be authentic and based on your desire for God. I discovered early on in my spiritual journey that there is one prayer that God answers every time – asking Him to give you the desire to seek Him. When I first started out, I was excited to talk to God. It was new and different. But then over time, I felt my spiritual fervor waning. At first, I was kind of embarrassed. How do you get the desire for God back?

desire-God prayer

The answer I discovered is this: Admit you lack the desire and ask Him to give it to you. It seems counter-intuitive, but it works. When I ask God to give me the desire to spend time with Him, usually within a day or two it comes. It is not immediate, but it always comes. I’ve done this many times over the years.

So – that’s the first “exercise” I shared with him – ask God for desire. Because without the desire, any spiritual exercise can become an empty ritual.

Then I wrote up a “spiritual exercise” for him. I reached back into my past and tried to remember the first things I was taught that helped me become more closely connected with God. At first, I did these every day as a discipline – whether I felt like it or not. I wanted to teach myself to have a spiritual practice. Then after awhile they became second nature to me. I do them now without even realizing it – they have become part of who I am.

girl praying

These are in a certain order – do them this way for 30 days. After the practice becomes familiar, you can improvise. 🙂

Spiritual Exercise:

1. Acknowledge God – Honor who God is and that you need Him, humble yourself.
2. Confess your self-centered ways – Admit to God and yourself the thoughts and decisions you’ve made in the last 24 hours that were self-centered and apart from Him.
3. Ask the Spirit of God to lead you – Ask Him to show you His ways and the right decisions to make.
4. Open the Bible – Ask for inspiration and then read a passage from the Bible.
5. Turn something from what you read into a prayer – Make it personal to your life.
6. Give thanks – Tell God what you are thankful for.
7. Ask for what you need and finish by thanking God in advance for providing what is needed. He loves it when you thank Him ahead of time because it demonstrates your confidence that He is good and trustworthy. (It also gives you hope.)
8. Sing a song to Him – Learn some worship songs or make up one of your own. Rejoice in the goodness of God and His care for you.

boy-worshipping

This is not a rigid ritual, but more of a practice to teach your heart to turn to the Lord and depend on Him. You will be so glad that you did!

You are dearly loved by God and He is looking forward to talking to you and spending time with you. Did you know that?

So, how about you? Do you have a spiritual practice that you do on a regular basis that helps you to connect with the Lord? Please share it with us!

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About Kingdom Walker

A woman seeking to understand the world around her - with grace and acceptance toward all. Discernment of the Supernatural Realm - Insight and experiences of the Unseen Realm from a Christian perspective. This blog: https://supernaturaldiscernment.com/

Posted on February 8, 2016, in Educational, Inspirational and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. This blog couldn’t have come at a better time as I’m doing my best to get back into the habit I used to have of spending time with God every morning before my son gets up. The funny thing is, I pretty much followed what you have written down, just not as well and in a different order. I had this blog in front of me this morning as I spent time with my Lord and I could tell there really was a difference. I could feel His presence and it felt so good.

    I have always had a desire to be with Him, but my depression and other issues would take me away from Him. Since I have been more active in fighting off the negative and persevering things have started to change. Even my mind is more clear and I love it! Thank you for sharing.

    • Mary, thank you so much for your comment! I am so glad to hear that you used this exercise this morning and you could feel God’s presence. That is wonderful! Please share it with others who want to draw close to God. It is not hard and everyone can do it. 🙂 Your message really encouraged me – thank you.

  2. I literally have no idea how I found your website, however it is timely. I am so excited to learn from you. I sense in my spirit that you are what I call “safe” being that there are SO MANY wolves in sheep clothing. I have some questions, but will wait until I have further explored more of your posts!

    • Thank you, Renee! I am glad you found me and I trust that you will feel safe here. I know what you mean about wolves. There’s a lot of flaky stuff out there. Feel free to take your time to look around. Trust your discernment – your spiritual senses. The Lord will direct your path. May the Lord bless you 🙂

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