Four core disciplines
by Michael Hume 10/20/2012 / Christian Living
For me four core Christian disciplines stand out. They are bible reading, intercession, fasting, and waiting.
Bible reading is meat for the soul. We need meat to grow and to keep alive in the natural. Similarly we need the meat of the word to grow and keep living in God. It makes us strong in our faith. It helps us in many ways. "All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16
Intercession. He "made intercession for the transgressors." Isaiah 53:12. Jesus made intercession for all his followers. That must be several million or billion people. I was one of the sinners or transgressors he interceded for, and he still intercedes for me. We can join him by interceding for unbelievers and believers. Never underestimate intercessory prayer.
Fasting. Jesus said "This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting."Mark 9:29 Certain things can only be shifted by fasting with prayer. Esther, Mordecai and many Jews fasted and prayed together in a life or death situation. Resulting in God turning the tables on their enemies. Fasting is a time of closeness with God. It is joyous and increases our faith. It empowers intercession. Jesus fasted. So did Moses and Elijah. The apostles did. We are meant to.
Waiting. Hearing from God is part of our relationship with Him. It makes us strong and assured. "Those who wait for the LORD will get new strength: They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not become weary." Isaiah 40:31
Michael Hume. Christian since 1987, and in a daily personal relationship with Jesus. A freelance writer. abelongs to author.