The Purpose of Spiritual Disciplines

What I have discovered over the years is that practicing the spiritual disciplines is not for the purpose of knowing more data about God, more facts about his Word, or more information about the Christian life.  Instead, the disciplines are for the purpose of knowing and experiencing the richness and vitality of a relationship with God—a relationship that begins with the Lord’s expression of intimate love for us.  His earnest desire is that we relish this truth at the deepest recesses of our being. By coming before him with ears, eyes, hands, and heart open wide, we remain in him long enough to hear his voice and make choices aligned with his will.

Macchia, Stephen, Becoming a Healthy Disciple: Ten Traits of a Vital Christian

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