Spiritual Disciplines & Practices

What are Spiritual Disciplines?

This List of Spiritual Disciplines and Desires is to assist individuals in being intentional in their growth and disciplined approach to discipleship.

This List is adapted from work by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us IVP Books. Contributions to the page for each topic have been made by the spiritual directors in Wycliffe organization and SIL. Further contributions have been made by other mission HR teams. If you have ideas for further contributions, please email them to ______. This page is evolving as people have time to contribute.

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To give a regular and honest account of my choices, priorities and temptations to a godly and wise companion who points me to Christ
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Affirmation of faith
An affirmation of faith can be the reciting of a creed or sentences you have designed for your own use.
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Bible Study
To know what the Bible says and how it intersects with my life
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Breath Prayer
To pray a simple, intimate prayer of heartfelt desire before God
Care of the EarthTo honor the Creator by loving, nurturing and stewarding his creation
CelebrationTo take joyful, passionate pleasure in God and the radically glorious nature of God’s people, Word, world and purpose 
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Centering Prayer
To quiet the heart and rest in God alone
ChastityTo revere God by receiving and honoring my body and the bodies of others with purity of thoughts and actions 
Community To express and reflect the self-donating love of the Trinity by investing in and journeying with others
CompassionTo become the healing presence of Christ to others
Confession & Self-ExaminationTo surrender my weaknesses and faults to the forgiving love of Christ and intentionally desire and embrace practises that lead to transformation
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ContemplationTo wake up to the presence of God in all things
Contemplative PrayerTo develop an open, restful receptivity to the Trinity that enables me to always be with God just as I am
Control of the Tongue To turn the destructive way I use words into authentic, loving and healing speech
Conversational PrayerTo talk naturally and unselfconsciously to God in prayer times with others
Covenant GroupTo enter into authentic, confidential and healing relationships with a committed group of fellow pilgrims
DetachmentTo nurture the spirit of trust that is attached to God alone
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Devotional Reading
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To prayerfully encounter and surrender to the Living God through attending to Scripture
DiscernmentTo delight in and recognise the voice and will of God
Discipling To be in a relationship where I am encouraged or where I encourage another to become an apprentice of Jesus
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To notice both God and my God-given desires throughout the day 
FastingTo let go of a an appetit in order to seek God on matters of deep concern for others, myself and the world 
Fixed-Hour PrayerTo stop my work and pray throughout the day
GratitudeTo be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to live with a grateful heart, cognizant of God’s work in my life and my abundant resources
Holy CommunionTo be nourishment by Christ, tasting the sweet depths of redemption
HospitalityTo be a safe person who offers others the grace, shelter and presence of Jesus
HumilityTo become like Jesus in his willingness to choose the hidden way of love rather than the way of power
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Imaginative Contemplation
Use your imagination to picture a scene or event from scripture, reproducing it in your mind’s eye as though watching a video of the event. Let your senses come into play—sight, hearing, smells, touch, taste.
Inner-Healing PrayerTo assist the emotionally broken and wounded as they seek God for the healing that only he can give
Intercessory PrayerTo turn my concerns and worries into prayer: to enter God’s heart for the world and then pray from there
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To be alert to my life through writing and reflecting on God’s presence and activity on, around and through me
JusticeTo love others by seeking their good, protection, gain, and fair treatment
Labyrinth PrayerTo make a quiet, listening pilgrimage to God
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Lament is a tool that God’s people use to navigate pain and suffering. Lament is vital prayer for the people of God because it enables them to petition for God to help deliver from distress, suffering, and pain. Lament prayer is designed to persuade God to act on the sufferer’s behalf.
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Lectio Divina
Reading, not undertaken simply with the eyes and the mind. Rather, it must involve the whole person: mind, heart, body, and spirit. It is reading for formation, not information.
Liturgical PrayerTo open myself to God through establishing patterns ot traditions of written prayers and readings 
MarginTo curb my addiction to busyness, hurry and workaholism; to learn to savor the moment
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To more deeply gaze on God in his works and words
MemorizationTo carry the life-shaping worlds of God in me at all times and in all places
MentoringTo accompany and encourage others to grow to their God-given potential
Practicing the PresenceTo develop a continual openness and awareness of Christ’s presence living in me
Prayer of RecollectionTo rest in God, allowing him to calm and heal my fragmented and distracted self
Prayer PartnersTo share the journey of prayer with a trusted companion
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Praying Scripture
To allow God to shape my prayer life through the words of Scripture 
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Praying the Ordinary
It is a ‘prayer in action’ where the distinction between the sacred and the secular is erased. While praying the ordinary, everything we do becomes prayer because it is directed toward God.
Prayer WalkingTo align myself, while walking in particular places, with Christ and his intercession for the kingdom to come
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Repetition in prayer is a helpful beginning towards spiritual fitness for similar reasons. When we use our mind, our lips, our heart to form words of prayer, we’re training our “spiritual muscles” to orient ourselves towards God.
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To honor God and my human limitations through restful rhythms
RetreatTo make space in my life for God alone
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Rule for Life
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To live a sane and holy rhythm that reflects a deep love for God and respect for how he has made me
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To set apart one day a week for rest and worship of God
SecrecyTo follow the simple and often hidden way of Christ
Self-CareTo value myself as my heavenly Father values ,e
ServiceTo reflect the helping, caring and sharing love of God in the world
SimplicityTo uncomplicate and untangle my life so I can focus on what really matters
Small Group To make my spiritual; journey with a community of trusted friends
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Solitude & Silence
To leave people behind and enter into time alone with God
Spiritual DirectionTo give caring attention to my relationship with God, accompanied by the prayerful presence of someone who helps me listen well to God
Spiritual FriendshipTo develop a friendship that encourages and challenges me to love God with all my heart, soul, strength and mind
StewardshipTo live as a steward of God’s resources in all areas of life: to live out of the awareness that nothing I have is my own
Submission To have Jesus as the Master of my life in absolutely every way
Truth TellingTo live an authentically truthful life
UnityTo live in harmony with Chrit’s desire for the church to be one: to be a bridge-builder and peacemaker in the body of Christ
UnpluggingTo be fully present to and uninterrupted in my interactions with God and others
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Welcoming Prayer
The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. The purpose of the Welcoming Prayer is to deepen our relationship with God through consenting in the ordinary activities of our day.
WitnessTo reveal the life-changing love of Jesus to others
WorshipTo honour and adore the Trinity as the supreme treasure of life