Christian meditation, unlike the eastern form of meditation that seeks to empty your mind, is concerned with focusing your mind on a scripture verse, chapter or biblical principle. You can also meditate by naming something you will give over to God and after a little while, you change direction and now place the emphasis on what you would like to receive from God.  This can be signified with a palms down - release, followed by the palms up - receive. Or looking out on God's creation and simply meditate on that. Just 30 minutes today can change your life!!

Meditation

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Phillipians 4:8, NASB

Fasting is a discipline that has been used throughout the ages to deepen our relationship with God, both individually and corporately.  It should always go hand in hand with prayer.  Christ called us all to fast regularly as God leads.  He did not say "if you fast", He said "when you fast". Fasting can be done for part of a day, a full day, days or even for weeks.  Fasting also helps us to keep balance and a Godly perspective on the things in our life that truly matter.  

Fasting

Jesus said:  “when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”  Matthew 6:16-18, NASB

Prayer is something that can be done any time and any where.  We are told to pray without ceasing.  The actual act of prayer takes learning and to learn involves a great deal of mentor-ship, reading helpful books, and studying the prayers of those men and women of the bible. Prayer is not conjuring up something that we have in our imagination, but to pray God's will. Being connected to God's will makes our prayers effective.

Prayer

 

 

The prayers of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16, NIV

A devotional time set apart daily to read is a very rewarding and deepening experience, but it is not studying.  If you are a person who is simply looking for a "little word from God for your day" is not interested in the discipline of study and will miss out on the life-transforming truth of what the bible is saying.  The process of study will revolutionize our life.  It is about looking for meaning in the entirety of the text.  What you study depends on you and your spiritual needs at the time.  Studying by subject matter or a specific book of the bible is always a great place to start.

Study

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11, NIV

Inward Disciplines

Simplicity in life is an outward sign of a deepening revelation that what we need to be content is very basic.  It is not a command to sell all you have and follow Christ, but it is the importance of following Christ with as little as possible that will take you away from His presence and instruction.  We can not move easily to His call if tethered to an over abundance of worldly objects.

Simplicity

 

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out of it.  1 Timothy 6:6-8, NIV

Most of us have been exposed to the worldly demand of submission that is used as a justification from those who seek to rule over and control us rather than in its more biblical, tender form that is for the purposes of instruction and self growth. In its more purer form it is about servant-hood.  It is a rejection of position, power, privilege and status for self seeking purposes but is a radical blueprint  for defining humble leadership. It is here that our pride is stripped away and self discovery begins.

 

 

Submission

Submit to God and be at peace with Him; in this way prosperity will come to you.  Accept instruction from His mouth and lay up His words in your heart.   Job 22:21-22, NIV

Solitude may sound simple at its core but it is not always easy to accomplish in our busy life.  It is more than just being alone.  It requires turning off the tv, phones, electronics and more. It should be sought out, planned for and made a priority if you are to have any success.  This planned time can be an hour, a day, a week or longer or shorter as your needs require. It is in this quietness and stillness that God does His best transforming work.

Solitude

 

In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.  Isaiah 30:15, NIV

"Then Jesus took a towel and a basin and redefined greatness".  This is one of the best quotes from Foster's timeless classic.  Nothing transforms the flesh like humble service; service for the sake of serving those in need of it.  Not from the top down but from the bottom up.  Service takes on many forms and can be used frequently throughout our busy day.  It is a knowledge that our service is all about the service of Him who sent us. It is all done for Him and the reward is a spiritual one.  

Service

"…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,  and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—"   Matthew 20:26-27, NIV

Outward Disciplines

At the very heart of confession is forgiveness; for how can we be forgiven if we have not also forgiven.

Confession

 

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.   James 5:16

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Guidance

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Worship

 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving  and his courts with praise;  give thanks to him and praise his name.  Psalm 100:4

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Celebration

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The recommendations used on this page are based on the best selling book Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard J. Foster.

Superficiality is the curse of our age.  The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people or gifted people, but for deep people. -  Richard J. Foster

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