A reflection on spiritual growth
Reflections of the day
1 Peter 2:2
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:”
2 Peter 1:5-8
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“The word of God is the food by which prayer is nourished and made strong.” E. M. Bounds
“If the spiritual life be healthy, under the full power of the Holy Spirit, praying without ceasing will be natural.” Andrew Murray
A reflection on spiritual growth
Our Heavenly Father,
We acknowledge that Our Lord Jesus Christ is the light of the world and we acknowledge that thou sent thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, to the world to show us the way to thou eternal light. We acknowledge that the way to thou eternal light is one that is described as treading a path that is straight and narrow and we acknowledge that there are times when we can be led astray from thou straight and narrow path, and these times are ones that can be described as sin.
Heavenly Father, it is at this time in Lent that we reflect carefully upon the error of our ways and say sorry for them, and it is at this time we consider the changes we need to make in our lifestyles in order to remain on thy straight and narrow path towards thy eternal light.
Many of us are able to see that Lent is a time when our understanding of the ministry of Jesus can be deepened. Many of us are able to see that this is a time when we are able to grow in what is described as a spiritual way, and many of us are able to see that to grow spiritually we need to say sorry for our sins and we need to repent.
Many of us are able to see that there is much to learn about the way of our Lord Jesus Christ. Many of us are able to see that love is a mark of maturity, and we acknowledge that we often fall short in thy expectation. Heavenly Father, we ask that thou can guide us in our daily lives and help us to become more loving to others.
Heavenly Father, thou art a Loving Father who loves each and every one of us, and we acknowledge thou love for us is one that is encompassing, and we acknowledge thou love for us is one that words cannot describe and we acknowledge thou love for us is not bound by energy or time. We are able to see that this love for us is one that over-spills into all our relationships and allows us to love thy neighbour.
Heavenly Father, we are able to see that to grow spiritually that our soul needs to be fed consistently from thou Word. Heavenly Father, we are able to see that daily prayer and reading of the Scriptures can help us to grow spiritually. We are able to see that praise, worship and fellowship are required to enable us to care and nurture those who are new to our fold and to help each other grow. Heavenly Father, we are able to see that there is a need to “grow up into Christ in everything” and that in every part of our lives we need to place Our Lord Jesus Christ at the centre.
Heavenly Father, it is at this time we recognise that our praise and worship can be diverse in many ways, and that it can be uplifting, and it can nourish us spiritually. Heavenly Father, it is at this time we acknowledge the good works of the Reverend Alden of Weston who is able to reach out to many who have yet to come to thou.
Heavenly Father, we hope and pray that we are all able to see clearly how we can grow spiritually, and we hope and pray that we can see clearly how Mankind can be reached so that he can turn to thou, now and always.
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