Bill Johnson said at a Leaders Advance I attended that when he asked people who had been used in Signs and Wonders on a national scale – what was the secret of their power, they have all responded similarly.
I might have expected to hear they had encountered an angel, tongues of fire had appeared above their heads, 10,000 volts of electricity had shot through their bodies – (and all of these may have happened as well) – but their reply was – they spent time with God.
That was their secret.
It was also Jesus’ secret. Going off on his own to pray (the Journey Inward) fuelled his mission (the Journey Outward). Unless we set up this pattern in our lives – Journey Inward, Journey Outward – we have no chance of ministering in power or with effect!
The problem is the Journey Inward. We are such a connected, wired, facebooked, digital society that finding time and developing the skills to encounter God in the secret place is hard to do.
For it to work, we need disciplines that focus us on God. 15 minutes each day, praying in tongues. 10 minutes devotional reading. Every hour, on the hour saying a formal prayer. Really, they could be anything, but they definitely have to be “us”
That’s the easy part. Sticking to it is the hard part. By its nature, discipline means at some stage we will want to quit and take up the next thing. It means at some point, we will feel we’ve lost interest. It’s important to note this because an activity is not worthy of the name “discipline” if it does not evoke resistance in us. Some of that resistance will be supernatural
Spiritual disciplines only have one goal – to root our lives in God. To embed our foundations in solid rock. Nations are transformed through lives saturated in God’s presence. No wonder our disciplines are attacked….