Expanding Freedom through Submission / 02
Written By Joseph Luigs
The disciplines are practices at their core where the Spirit of God does His work of shaping us more into the image of Jesus. Practice the discipline of submission in this way today.
Think back to the Tuesday article on What Submission Is NOT:
- What areas of your life do you most try to control?
- In your different spheres of life (work, relationships, school, etc.) where do you have authority? Have you taken advantage of and misused your authority?
- Confess to God the area(s) of life that you seek to control. Ask Him to help you let go of having your way in that/those ways.
- Having identified where you have misused your authority, confess to those people and ask for forgiveness if you have not already done so.
Though some practices of prayer are lacking or misunderstood in certain circles, we want to lean into them for our focus on the discipline of prayer. One such practice is imaginative prayer. Ignatius of Loyala (1491-1556) called this contemplation. Ignatius was convinced that God can speak to us by the power of the Spirit as surely through our imaginative efforts in Scripture as through our thoughts and memories of Scripture.
The disciplines are practices that the Spirit of God often uses to do His work of shaping us to be more like Jesus. In light of the sharpening article from Tuesday practice the discipline of prayer in this way today.
Take time today to pray through Philippians 1:9-11. Make it your own. Pray God’s word back to Him. One of the best ways to meditate on God’s word is to pray through it, another way to heighten your prayer of scripture is to memorize it. Let the concepts, ideas, and images marinate in your soul as you internalize the Word.