Daily Life, Faith worked out

Habitual or Ritual

For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6

Getting into the habit of practicing these 5 elements of prayer, meditation, generosity, stillness and fasting is spiritually beneficial, but they must come from a place of obedience to God’s word, for the soul desire of experiencing a closer relationship with Him.

In Matthew chapter 6, the Lord Jesus talks about giving, praying, fasting and everyday worries. When addressing the first three he said: “When you give to the needy, sound no trumpet… when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites… when you fast, do not look gloomy.” Jesus expected his followers to do all of these things, but he warned that they should be done for the right reasons. We don’t do these things for show, we do them for our spiritual well-being, and that our faith would be strengthened.

God’s desire is to have a deep, meaningful and mutually beneficial relationship with each one of us. He wants us to know him, really know him. We can be so fickle at times though, one day embracing him and the next day hardly saying a word to him. It is no wonder that he asks, “What shall I do with you? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away” (Hos6:4). Thankfully the Lord never gives up on us, for he is ‘merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness’ (Ex34:6).

God continually reaches out to draw us in closer to himself, and we can honour him by obeying his word and putting into practice those things that build communion with him. Through that communion, we have the privilege of knowing the heart of our God.

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