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Christianity

Step 11: Seek Christ's will through prayer, meditation, bible study and reflection.

 

Principle: Spirituality

For most Christians, our goal is to become more Christ-like. In order to do so, we require wisdom and direction. We are encouraged to develop a personal relationship with Christ so we are available to learn and be directed. This relationship grows and matures through our ability to talk, to listen and to follow Divine guidance. It has often been said that prayer is our side of the conversation, and meditation is the time to listen. Often the responses come through inspiration, through spiritual messages in books and church services, through opportunities that present themselves synchronistically. Part of our responsibility is to stay open, awake and aware.

Text or Verse

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch, and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you.
John 15:4-7

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8

And everything you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.
Matthew 21:22

Practice

Daily practice:

  1. Begin by determining when and where. When is the best time for you to find 15-30 minutes once or twice daily to have quiet time to pray, meditate, reflect and read spiritual material or the bible?
  2. Find a place that will ensure your having this quiet, alone time on a regular basis. If possible, place some spiritual artifacts and your reading material where it will be readily available.
  3. Create a plan for the allotted time - how much time do you have? in what order do you want to implement the parts of your practice? View this time as if you are creating a ritual which you will repeat daily (this helps ensure that it will become a disciplined practice).
  4. Begin as soon as you have the plan in place.

Resources

Rohr, Richard OFM. How Do We Breathe Underwater? The Gospel and 12-Step Spirituality. Center for Action and Contemplation. (go to the Links menu to connect to the web-site)

Dick B. The Good Book and the Big Book. A.A.'s Roots in the Bible. Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 1997

Selby, Saul. Twelve Step Christianity. Center City, MN: Hazelden, 2000

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