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This daily post is designed to help you live into our New Room Society covenant of practicing daily prayer together. Below is this week’s theme and daily practice.
Week 7: Heart
Heart: It’s easy to toss this word off as no more than a popular sentiment or emoji. What is the church’s understanding of the word “heart”?
“Discipleship…is a way to curate your heart, to be attentive to and intentional about what you love.” You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit, by James K. A. Smith
Most people today consider the heart to be a source of or container for emotions. In the tradition of the church, however, your heart is much more than that.
Henri Nouwen, in the book Spiritual Formation, writes: “The word heart in Jewish-Christian tradition refers to the source of all physical, emotional, intellectual, volitional, and moral energies.”
Your heart is much more than a metaphorical box of how you feel; it is the seat of your thoughts and actions as well. How well-disciplined your heart is, determines the nature of your spiritual life and your connection with God. And where your heart is spiritually weak, that is where the fiercest attacks of the forces which oppose God will be directed.
You are what you love, and the hungers of your heart — the things you want, desire, or crave to have (or not have) — are learned.
Thus, the right formation of the heart’s desires is one of the most important tasks you’ll ever undertake. In fact, your life — and in many ways, the lives of others — depends on your heart’s rightness before God.
Sunday: The Inward Disciplines of the Heart
David Bowden has become known for his spoken word poetry on the 12 spiritual disciplines. Choose one of Bowden’s four inward spiritual disciplines videos to experience as part of the formation of your heart today…
Meditation: “Chew” https://youtu.be/W0DizwDhxcQ
Prayer: “The Number” https://youtu.be/F0oSViHHlcs
Fasting: “Isaiah 58” https://youtu.be/kv0dAQznjgs
Study: “Says the Writer” https://youtu.be/t7unKmTTTJM