Practice Makes Perfect
Habits of Grace are those practices/things we do to help us strengthen and confirm our faith so that God’s Grace works in our lives.
MARCH 5 - Developing the Habit of Prayer
PRAYER /prer/ noun
Prayer goes beyond the Lord’s Prayer or saying Grace at dinner. The habit of prayer is remembering to talk, to have a conversation and to listen for God. This may look like you kneeling by your bed at night telling God about your day. Or this may look like you journaling to God about life. Or this may be your singing praise songs to God on the way to work in the morning.
OUR PRACTICE THIS WEEK is to take up the practice of praying every day at noon during lent. Set an alarm on your phone and let’s join as a congregation to Pray.
FAST /fast/ verb
Fasting is more than giving up cokes for lent. The habit of fasting is putting aside your desire for food, drink, electronics, etc. to focus on God. To John Wesely, fasting was an important way to express sorrow for sin and penitence for overindulgence. He believefasting allowed for more time for prayer.
OUR PRACTICE THIS WEEK is to pray about that thing whether it be food, drink, social media, electronics, etc. and set a day for you to fast from that item.
SIM·PLIC·I·TY /simˈplisədē/ noun
1. uncluttering our lives to make room and time to be with God.
Simplicity is more than just getting rid of unwanted junk in our house. The habit of simplicity is letting go of things, events, “obligations” that take away from being with God. Simplicity is embracing less (stuff) is more (time) for God.
OUR PRACTICE THIS WEEK is to look at your calendar or to look at your things and evaluate where do you need to let go, then step out on faith and let go. But the letting go is not just for a time, it’s for the long haul. Simplicity means uncluttering our lives so that we make room & time to be with God. It means letting go of distractions so that we might live & grow in God’s grace
AC·COUNT·A·BIL·I·TY /əˌkoun(t)əˈbilədē/ noun
1. the fact or condition of being responsible.
Accountability is more than just keeping to your diet. The habit of Accountability is being in a small group where you are held responsible for your life in God.
OUR PRACTICE THIS WEEK is to Identify your accountability group, and commit to fully live into the accountability they offer you. If you cannot identify your accountability group, pray about joining one. The church offers several Wesleyan Covenant groups you could join. Or you can gather two or three friends and form your own accountability group.
SUB·MIS·SION /səbˈmiSHən/ noun
1. the action or fact of accepting or yielding to a God.
Submission is more than just giving in to someone else. The Habit of Submission is listening to God and then doing what God has asked you to do.
OUR PRACTICE THIS WEEK is to spend time listening to God. During that time pray this prayer “Lord, Give me the wisdom to hear your will and the strength to do it.”
SOL·I·TUDE /ˈsäləˌt(y)o͞od/ noun
1. the state or situation of being alone.
Solitude is more than giving yourself a break from the people around you. The habit of solitude is regularly taking time to be alone with God.
OUR PRACTICE THIS WEEK: When have you found the best time to participate in the previous habits? Commit to set that same time aside every day for the next six weeks to be in solitude with God.