Discipleship Part IX
In this series of posts, I am sharing some short thoughts from each chapter of Dallas Willard’s book The Great Omission and then some brief personal reflections.
Chapter Eight: The Spirit is Willing, But…
Discussing the wise use of our tongue, Willard gives tactical advice for transformation. As we seek God’s help, our tongue begins to encourage versus tear down. Before our behavior changes however, our body must re-orient in the world, not just mentally but also physically. Willard suggests engaging in silence for example, not speaking for a 24-hour period, to learn a new relation to our body – specifically our ears and tongues. In this space, we re-vision our life and learn to use our tongue in wiser, more uplifting ways.
I have found that praying on my knees is one way that I re-orient my prayer life. Having a worshipful body position on my knees and/or lifting my hands, or on my face, re-orients my senses and actually helps me to connect with God. What about you? What physical things to you do in order to re-orient yourself mentally and spiritually?