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Daily Spiritual Discipline

Today’s Reflection

WE KNOW WE SHOULD read scripture and pray daily. We know this because we’ve been taught that spiritual disciplines are an important part of a Christian’s life. We know this because it keeps us centered and whole. Most of all, we know that prayer is important because we hunger for God’s company.

In spite of our hunger, we sometimes put off until tomorrow — or the day after — to begin daily prayer and study. It’s not quite intentional. We do desire to grow closer to God. But we procrastinate all the same. We want to seize (and be seized by) our relationship with God — but sometimes those intentions end up on our “tomorrow” list. …

Begin — or begin again — today. Seize this time, now, to be with God.

– Foreword by Helen Neinast, “Foreword”
The Upper Room Disciplines 2010: A Book of Daily Devotions

From the Foreword by Helen Neinast, pages 11-12 of The Upper Room Disciplines 2010: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2009 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Begin or begin again a spiritual discipline today. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
John 1:9, NRSV

This Week: pray for someone beginning a good habit. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

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This week we remember: Melania the Younger (December 31).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling January 2, 2016, 1:43 am

    Father God, grant each of us the desire to grow closer to you each day, to have the daily spiritual discipline to read the bible and pray so that we can grow spiritually.

    Help us also to cultivate good habits, eat healthy meals and exercise.

    May you bless and establish the works of our hands, lead and guide us every step of our life journey.

  • Jill January 2, 2016, 6:14 am

    Yes – Father – I long to be seized by my relationship with You! Might I be disciplined and faithful to do my part…whether that be study, feeding on Your Word, or merely silence and contemplation. And embolden me to then “act it out”, daily, moment by moment – Your hands and feet in Your Kingdom.
    As I laid down in MY bed last night – exhausted yet “strung out” from my travels – unable to fall asleep – I thought of many things for which I am grateful. At the top of the list is safe travels for the last several days, as well as for my friend and her mom as they made it safely home yesterday as well. Father – thank You for safety and health during the trip. Grateful that this morning I am planted in my blue chair, slipping back into my comfortable routine. Father – as I ponder the new year – I am grateful to know that You will forever be by my side, walking with me each moment.

  • Besty January 2, 2016, 7:42 am

    In this time of promises for a New Year, I hope to draw closer to You, Lord. Help me to take your words I read each morning and gather strength and take action is how You see fit. Thank you to all these friends here also, who give me new insight each day with your comments and prayers. I feel enriched by you!

    Grateful today for a warm home where I can sit quietly and read God’s word, my health, and the beautiful sunrise I witnessed.

  • robert moeller January 2, 2016, 8:20 am

    Despite a habit formed some time ago where I have daily Quiet Time with the Lord, I hear the message in today’s reflection that says,”In spite of our hunger, we sometimes put off until tomorrow — or the day after — to begin daily prayer and study. It’s not quite intentional.” I was once told that those who yearn for God are even bigger targets for the devil.

    Very thankful for the UR and the community of faith that gathers here, there is support from the Lord. Thankful for a peaceful afternoon and evening yesterday after some tasks in the morning.

    Prayers for peace, conflict resolution, an end to terrorism, violence, and war. Very glad that there are people who are beginning and sustaining positive new habits. That’s a blessing.

    The Lord be with you and also with you.

  • Connie January 2, 2016, 8:28 am

    Lord, as I step gingerly into 2016, please bless my “good intentions” and help me, by your Grace, to fulfill them. Amen.
    I am thankful today for this site, a return to a routine, a warm home in this cold weather.

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