Fuel for Growth



Key Bible Verse: So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6-7, NIV)

Dig Deeper: Philippians 2:12-18

The more time we spend intentionally with Christ, the more we become aware of his presence throughout all of life. This requires discipline from us to find ways to spend more time with Christ.

I simply cannot accept that a person has a growing relationship with Christ if he spends less and less time in Bible meditation and prayer. [The opposite is also true.] When Bible meditation and prayer are combined with various other spiritual disciplines, such as solitude, Sabbath, fasting, silence, service, fellowship with Christian community, and Bible memorization (to give merely a sample), a person will grow in his or her relationship with Christ.

The more aware we are of Christ’s presence, the more we become able to communicate with him. When we pray, we need to listen for the voice of God in Christ through his Spirit speaking back to us. That voice speaks in perfect unity with his Word, the Bible.

Prayer is like gasoline for the engine of our relationship with Christ. Prayer is not a lever to pull with Christ. Prayer is a way for our own souls to break from the world and unite with Christ in relationship. When prayer and fasting are united in a relationship with Christ, they yield power.

– Joey Shaw in All Authority

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