MEANS OF GRACE ~ SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5
Spiritual disciplines help us make space in our hearts and time in our lives for God. These practices help us to connect to God and grow ever closer to the One who loves us. John Wesley taught extensively about these practices that keep us close and in right relationship with God. He called these practices the means of grace. They are spiritual practices that keep us centered in Christ and help us to maintain “holiness of heart and life.”•Prayer: according to Wesley, is “the grand means of drawing near to God.” •Bible Reading: worshipful reading that is different than reading to prepare a lesson or sermon. •Fasting: practicing various forms of self-denial in order to give priority to spiritual matters. •Holy Communion or Eucharist: Wesley urged Communion as often as possible. •Christian conferencing: conversation in which we remember God is present for discernment and guidance. •Worship: praising and thanking God for who God is and what God has done. •Family devotions: personal devotions outside of the public worship settings. •Works of piety: attention to acts of compassion and devotion. •Works of mercy: attention to acts of justice and service.
Check out the following list of spiritual disciplines and click on the highlighted links to explore the suggested spiritual practices:
Gratitude and Thanksgiving