sometimes you have to do the discipline before it becomes a devotion
DISCIPLINE: Training that makes people more willing to obey or more able to control themselves
DEVOTION: Love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person or activity.
I listened to a message on youtube yesterday, and the preacher made the statment above, it struck a chord with me. Maybe it’s because i’ve been learning about discipline very recently, I couldn’t help but agree with that statement. Let me give you the back story.
The preacher was speaking about prayer. I know many believers consider prayer as one of the boring parts of fellowship (if you feel that way, don’t worry, its commonplace). I mean we can listen to those soulful worship songs for hours, we can praise and dance till dawn, and if you give us an engaging preacher, we can sit and listen to the word for a while, but prayer, give us 10 minutes and we realise, “wow, I’ve got nothing more to say!”.
Interestingly, this tends to change when we have big challenges to talk to God about, all of a sudden, we become verbose!
Well, there are a number of things that we need to do as Christians if we’d ever build a close, sweet, loving fellowship with Jesus
Prayer is one, studying the word is another. Many times these things don’t seem pleasant or fun but we NEED them. So what should we do? We should do the discipline. Do what you know you should do even when you don’t feel like it. It might feel mechanical but do it still, because one day that act of discipline would become a devotion; something done with love and enthusiasm. You would wake up one morning and say wow! I can’t wait to pray today, you would shoot out of bed and say i just crave to be in God’s presence today, you would find yourself praying and studying for hours and you won’t want to stop! But sometimes, many times before devotion comes discipline.
Discipline and consistency are two very important keys for growth as a human being. These things don’t just apply to our spiritual growth but to every sphere of our lives. You want to lose weight, dicipline. You want to learn to play an instrument, discipline . You want to do well at work or school, still discipline. Just name it. Now someone would say I’m going to lock myself up and pray for an hour, or four hours, well you may burn out quickly. Follow the process, start small and then grow, the most important thing is that you stick with it!
So it’s time to stop letting your body/feelings control you, and be the boss of yourself. Do the discipline and then you would enjoy the devotion.
Cheers to a disciplined life😉