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January 4, 2017, 8:19 AM

The Inner Life Renewed

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. As we enter another new year I want to challenge you to make room in your daily routine for the disciplines of the inner life: prayer, Bible reading, meditation, and fasting. There is no better time than now to make some changes in our daily routines. Think about it and be honest. How much time have you been spending each day in prayer? In reading the Scriptures? In meditation upon the things of God? When was the last time you fasted a meal? I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I want to post my answers to any of those questions for public consumption.

Faithful practice of the inner disciplines requires a concerted effort on our part. Are we willing to take the steps necessary in the arrangement of our daily comings and goings to experience the presence of God in new and fresh ways? To be clear, rearranging our schedules as they presently stand is a hassle. It will require us becoming uncomfortable with what has been comfortable for too long. The hassle with being a better manager of our time is making the decisions about what is now most important and what is no longer important. The good news is that if we will ask God what he’d remove if it were his life, he’ll gladly tell us.

Psalm 25:4-5 declares, Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Again, we read in Psalm 43:3-4a, Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight.” Before we can traverse the mountain of God we must first be led in the inner places by the Lord Himself.

Commenting on this subject Dietrich Bonhoeffer once wrote: Since mediation on the Scriptures, prayer, and intercession are a service we owe and because the grace of God is found in this service, we should train ourselves to set apart a regular hour for it, as we do for every other service we perform. This is not “legalism”; it is orderliness and fidelity…. We have a right to this time, even prior to the claims of other people, and we may insist upon having it as a completely undisturbed quiet time despite all external difficulties…. Who can really be faithful in great things if he has not learned to be faithful in the things of daily life?

Let us pray together: O Christ, when I look at you I see that you were never in a hurry, never ran, but always had time for the pressing necessities of the day. Give me that disciplined, poised life with time always for the thing that matters. For I would be a disciplined person. Amen.

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens

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