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A couple of post ago, I mentioned that by focusing our lives on God, His Word and the souls of men, we invest in eternity.  Spiritual disciplines are a way of investing in eternity.  Many fear that if they practice the disciplines, the disciplines will become mere ritual or a form of legalism.  That is entirely possible.  There can be a very fine line between discipline and legalism.

If we are pursuing God’s favor by practicing the disciplines, we are falling to legalism.  However,  if we are pursuing God Himself and godliness through practicing them, we are making eternal investments.  In a future post, I will share some suggestions on how to practice some of the spiritual disciplines.

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I began reading With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray last night.  In the preface he mentioned coming to the understanding that “…the Father waits to hear every prayer of faith, to give us whatsoever we will, and whatsoever we ask in Jesus’ name.”

He wrote, “We have become so accustomed to limit the wonderful love and the large promises of our God, that we cannot read the simplest and clearest statements of our Lord without the qualifying clauses by which we guard and expound them.  If there is one thing I think the Church needs to learn, it is that God means prayer to have an answer, and that it hath not entered into the heart of man to conceive what God will do for His child who gives himself to believe that his prayer will  be heard….If what I have written stir my reader to go to the Master’s words, and take His wondrous promises simply and literally as they stand, my object has been attained.”

I believe that many believers have shied away from thinking on God’s promises.  We have seen them abused by the healthy and wealth, prosperity gospel movement and decided that we want to avoid all appearance of that.  However, the Puritans from my reading of them and about them made it a practice, nearly a spiritual discipline, to meditate on the promises of God.  Meditation on God’s promises is of great benefit when we focus on the eternal rather than the temporal and on God’s glory rather than man’s comfort.  In so doing our prayer life grows, and we begin to truly expect God to act.

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