Last fall, I had to list out the spiritual practices, along with means of accountability, which I planned to follow during my time at Wesley as part of Spiritual Formation. I had blown the assignment off until the very last minute because I did not think it would be hard to do. “Practices Christians do to strengthen their relationship with Christ? No problem,” I thought. I was wrong. The assignment required much more thought and, well, a late night, to complete.
It has been almost seven months since that assignment and I now find myself looking back through the papers I wrote in the fall and reflecting on where I was then and where I am now in my spiritual growth. Which practices have been working for me? Which practices do I need to let go to the wayside (or which practices have I already let go)?
The number one area of growth that I have had in the past year is in my prayer life. I went from being a casual prayer to today, where prayer is a part of my everyday life: intentionally scheduled throughout the day and then organically as needed. For the more intentional prayer time I have begun to utilize a Taize prayer book. The book is broken down into weekly services with prayer, songs, and reflection.
A few other practices which have worked for me are worship and reflection. I can tell a difference in my mood if we skip a week of worship or if my attention was elsewhere during the service. Careful reflection on scripture is another method where I feel myself becoming closer to Christ and to the larger Christian community.
What spiritual practices do you use to grow your faith and relationship with Christ? I would love to hear how others are growing in faith.