Spiritual Disciplines for Tough Times 3

One of the problems with this quarantine and the disruption of this pandemic is that it throws your life out of balance. Add the fear and uncertainty of the future and this season can be very challenging, and it can threaten your peace and sanity.

Thankfully, God is a rock and a sure foundation in the midst of any storm. We, however, must take time to center our lives on His foundation and to stand on the Rock. One of the best ways to center your life is to take a 15-minute quiet time break with Jesus. The monastics did it in “hours” or set times during the day. They prayed 7 times a day (2AM was one of the “hours”). We could try for 2 or 3 times during the day.

Set an alarm on your phone for morning, noon, and night. During this challenging season, we all need to re-center our lives frequently. Here is a suggested plan for each prayer hour:

1. Quiet time. (1 minute)
Be still and quiet! SLOW down! Prepare your heart. Take a few deep breaths and wait on God.

2. Bible reading. (4 minutes)
Read until you feel God has told you something. The Psalms are a great place to start. Stop and think about what God tells you through His Word.

3. Meditate. (4 minutes)
See yesterday’s post. Think about what the passage means to your life. Write down your thoughts. Part of reflecting is memorizing verses that speak to you in a special way.

4. Apply. (2 minutes)
Write a sentence or two in a prayer journal.

5. Pray. (4 minutes)

More than ever, each of us needs to find our center in Jesus. Share what God says to you in your quiet time in the comments.

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