Essay about Spiritual Discipline, Prayer, Fasting, And Study

907 Words Apr 17th, 2016 4 Pages
When God created the world, He created it without sin. However, the prefect beauty of the world was soon corrupted by sin. In response to this, God reacted with grace and mercy, and invited us into relationship with Him. In order to maintain relationship with Him, Christians exercise spiritual discipline. These disciplines, inward, outward, and corporate, reflect our desire to commune with God and demonstrate our need for Him as our savior. In his book Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster (1998) states that “the purpose of the Disciplines is liberation from . . . fear” (p. 2). Thus, the disciplines outlined for Christian life were created in order to improve our internal, spiritual lives, not to restrict our freedom or individuality. As stated in the title, spiritual discipline revolves around the tendencies of our spirits, thus it begins with internal reflection. Foster (1998) identifies four internal disciplines: meditation, prayer, fasting, and study. These are meant to deepen our relationship with God, and teach us to hear His voice in our lives. The internal disciplines are accomplished through “listening to God’s word, reflecting on God’s works, rehearsing God’s deeds, [and] ruminating on God’s law” (Foster, 1998, p. 15). Foster (1998) is careful to make the distinction that our actions are a reflection of our spiritual status. Because of this, he urges us to understand and accept the fact that our human struggles to move closer to God are futile without…

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