Dear People of God,
To be a disciple of Christ means that there are disciplines we practice. One traditional way of dividing those disciplines is the threefold pray, study and work.
Prayer is how we maintain, grow, and rest in our relationship with God. Prayer, as you know, is so much more that a shopping list, a to-do list, or a complaint department. Prayer is relationship with the God of the universe and the lover of our souls. Prayer is not the use of fancy religious words it is down-to-earth conversation. Prayer is most often most powerful when we stop talking and begin to listen. When we practice prayer, our prayer life grows.
O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Study is more than gaining information it is the way we come to understand our faith and articulate it. We are all theologians: study enables us to develop our minds and hearts to discern Gods’ presence and will. Jesus taught his disciples and we too must be students of God. Study aids us in knowing God, not just about God.
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Work is the gift we give god and others. Prayer and Study enable us to know what we can do for the Kingdom of God. The Scriptures call us to be doers of the word, not just hearers. Faith calls us to action – caring for the poor and needy, and for each other. We do this through the gift of time, talent, and treasure. The Epistles of James tells us: Faith, without works is dead.
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
As we continue our life and ministry, I ask you to consider how you will grow in the life of Christian discipline. What will you do to feed your faith? What will you do to feed others in physical and spiritual sustenance?