The Spiritual Life

How to Build Your Interior Chapel

“There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful

than that of a continual conversation with God; those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it.”

Think of your heart as an interior room of Prayer, a Chapel. In Scripture Jesus is pictured as standing at the door knocking. Knocking at the door of our lives, at the door of our hearts. We open the door to him through prayer. Prayer is like a muscle, it gets stronger as you exercise it. 

 

To strengthen your prayer muscle, you will need to enter your interior room of prayer, your chapel, and pray at least two times a day, morning and evening for 3-5 minutes.  You will be discouraged at first if you extend the time over five minutes. Try following this outline (click on the PDF icon) and then shape it according to your experience with God.

 

At first, you can use this outline but eventually you will memorize and you will be able to enter and pray in your chapel anywhere at anytime without the use of any written material.  The Lord be with you!

The Practice of the Presence of God

“There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God; those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it.” ~ Brother Lawrence

This spiritual classic has guided millions into the reality of the presence of Christ in daily life. This spiritual gem is short in length, easy to understand, and easy to apply. The 17th-century monk, Brother Lawrence, provides practical steps toward a real and life-changing relationship with God in Christ. The central premise of the book is that Christ can be present in the ordinary events and routines of life. With just a little to no effort and a willingness to try, the presence of Christ can fill your life. The Practice of the Presence of God should be the first book any Christian reads on their spiritual path. And if practiced, it could be the only one you ever need for a vibrant spiritual life. 

The Way of the Pilgrim

I looked at my Bible and with my own eyes read the words which I had heard, that is, that we ought always, at all times and in all places, to pray with uplifted hands.

The Way of a Pilgrim is a spiritual classic centering on the ancient prayer, "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me." This prayer is based on the Gospel accounts and forms the basis for a continual calling upon God from the heart (Luke 18:13, Mark 10:47). The book narrates the adventures of an unnamed Christian who by reciting the Jesus Prayer learns to live into the scripture, "pray without ceasing." (1 Thess. 5:17) This captivating account of the pilgrim explores his ever-increasing understanding of God's providence as he commits himself to a life of prayer. The Christian life is the life of a pilgrim, and this book gives you a companion along with way.

For a more contemporary resource be spiritually Linked Up with More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell on the Adult Forum.