Discipline - Krajec Anna Krajec Dustin Hogan / Dr. Moore...

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Krajec Anna Krajec Dustin Hogan / Dr. Moore Christian Formation 12/04/11 Returning the Favor God has allowed all of his children—every last one— the gift of grace. All are free to accept it. But, while grace is free, “it is not cheap” (Foster 8). Accepting God’s grace initiates a relationship—one that, like all other kinds, goes both ways. God offers his provision, favor, and love. But what do we offer? This is the question that Richard Foster seeks to answer in Celebration , where he proposes three types of disciplines whose goal is, above all else, to bring one into a more intimate relationship with God. A conscious effort is necessary for its growth and maintenance. Fortunately, these disciplines require no prior training or knowledge: “We must not be led to believe that the Disciplines are only for spiritual giants and hence beyond our reach” (Foster 1). God desires that these things be applicable to everyday human beings, exercised in daily life. The only primary requirement? “A longing after God” (Foster 4). The inward disciplines—meditation, prayer, fasting, and study— are those that are practiced privately and individually. Others do not see them carried out; only their effects are visible. Prayer is a key spiritual discipline because it is the airway between man and God. Not all prayer, however, is equal: “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it
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