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Why practice spiritual disciplines?

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:17

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Have you ever sat through church listening to all the words, but still walked away feeling disconnected? Have you picked up the Bible looking for encouragement, only to feel more distant from the God it speaks of? Have you listened to someone else’s passionate prayer and longed for the kind of closeness they seem to have with God?

the problem

So often, we walk through life feeling isolated from God and others. We are a detached people, longing for connection. But the busyness of life interrupts these thoughts—a crisis erupts at work, the dishwasher breaks, a family member falls sick. Any longings for something more get pushed back below the surface. We carry on with a limp—with a dull ache that wonders if we were meant for more.

The name for what lies at the heart of this disconnected ache is sin. We long for what was meant to be, because sin has broken our world. God created us for relationship. When sin entered the world, our relationships with God, others, and ourselves shattered. We all innately feel this—that something is deeply wrong with the world. We see it on the news and we experience it in our relationships. From bitter arguments with our dearest loved ones to whispered prayers in the night saying, “Where are you God?” we see how sin has corrupted every relationship in our lives—with God and others.

the solution

The good news is the story didn’t end there. When Jesus entered our world, He stepped into our brokenness. He destroyed the power of sin on one dark afternoon by hanging on the cross. And when He walked out of the tomb, He began the work of restoring what was meant to be. Because of Him, our longing for nearness with God can now be fulfilled. We don’t have to feel disconnected.

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How do you believe the practice of spiritual disciplines can lead to spiritual growth?

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