Day 17 – Strength Training

At this stage in our Morning Prayer I like to take some time for journaling, personal prayer and reflection. I want to introduce to you today, the Disciple’s Heart Primer, which is a tool we developed to help in connecting with God in our daily lives.

The Disciple’s Heart Morning Primer may be used here (click here for the Disciple’s Heart Morning Primer).

We developed this tool based on Matthew 22:37-40:

Matthew 22:37-40
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

The Disciple’s Heart Primer is broken into seven sections, the first three are about loving God, the second three are about loving our neighbors, and the last one is about loving ourselves. The primer is fully operational and available to you on our websites. Just go to the site and look for a link to Daily Cardio Training. Click on the link and it will have links for both the morning and evening primer. The morning primer will take you through the first six sections in about 10 minutes. Take time to reflect, pray and journal in each section.

1. Get Focused – What’s going on today?

Hebrews 10:19-25
19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

In this section, just take a few minutes to write down all of the thoughts and ideas that are running through your brain. This will help you to clear out some of the clutter in your mind and allow you to focus a little more clearly on just spending time with Lord.

2. Get Thankful – List at least five things you are thankful for.

Philippians 4:4-8
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

In this section, take some time to get your perspective right by writing down at least five things you are thankful for. This is a life changing discipline that every believer will benefit from in their morning devotional time.

3. Get Connected – Your prayer focus, requests, impressions, etc.

Matthew 6:9-13
9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

In this section I recommend that you take time to pray and journal through the Lord’s Prayer one verse at a time.

4. Get Dressed – Your current spiritual / relational / emotional battles.

Ephesians 6:12-18
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

In this section I suggest that you take time to remember where the battle really lies and the importance of staying present in the presence of God.

5. Get Encouraging – The people you are going to encourage, bless, and pray for today.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.

In this section you should take some time to ask God for a couple of people that you can encourage today and also for some divine appointments to encourage even more.

6. Git r Done – Live as a Disciple today by trying to do the Next Right Thing!

Matthew 6:33
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 7:12
12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Hebrews 12:1-3
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

1 Kings 19:11-12
11 The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

I like to meditate on these verses before I head out for the day. Then I recommend that you take a few moments and just listen for anything that the Lord might speak to you. If He does, right these things down.

You can read more about the Disciples’ Heart Primer in the book “Daily Cardio Training” which will be available in early 2015.

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