Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Discipline in our spiritual life is the concentrated effort to create the space and time where God can become our master and where we can respond freely to God's guidance.

Thus, discipline is the creation of boundaries that keep time and space open for God. Solitude requires discipline, worship requires discipline, caring for others requires discipline. They all ask us to set apart a time and a place where God's gracious presence can be acknowledged and responded to. (Henri Nouwen Society)

Can you slow your life down enough to sit with God and listen?

Matthew 4:2
Jesus retreats to the wilderness to fast and pray.

Mark 1:35
Jesus rose early and went away to be alone in prayer.

Mark 6:31, 46
Before and after the feeding of the 5000, Jesus went away to retreat, to pray, and to rest.

Luke 6:12
Jesus retreated to spend a night in prayer before the choosing of the 12 disciples.

Luke 9:18-28
Before and leading up to the Transfiguration, he was “praying in private” with his disciples with him.

Mark 14:32-35 (Matthew 26:39)
After the Last Supper and before his arrest, Jesus went to a garden to pray.

Luke 5:16
Jesus withdrew to lonely places and prayed as a regular habit.


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