Moving Beyond Motions

This year as a church we are looking at how we can move beyond the motions and develop a personal relationship with God through spiritual practices. Throughout the year, we’ll work our way through 12 practices that help us connect to God. This page is meant to be a resource for each of us to discover, try, and learn more about each of these practices.


— The ability to hear God’s voice and obey God’s word

John 14:27
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Get Ready:
- Choose an unhurried time, a quiet place, and a comfortable way to sit.

Try it out:

  • Meditate on Scripture — Read a verse or passage each day and reflect on what it says. John 14:27 is a great place to start. Consider reading the same verse or passage 3 or 4 times a day quietly or reading it once a day for a week, try not to rush!
  • Meditate on Creation — Look at the trees, the birds, the animals around you and reflect on the God who made all of this. Invite God to speak.

Go Deeper — Check out one of these resources on Christian Meditation:

  • Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline
  • Download Meditation Card
  • Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God by Dallas Willard

    Dallas is one of the most prolific, modern authors on Christian discipleship. This book offers lots of wisdom and advice about hearing from God through Scripture. Willard includes several, guided practices in this reprint of one of his classic works.

  • Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture by John Piper

    At almost 400 pages, Piper’s Reading the Bible Supernaturally may not be for the faint of heart, but it will be well worth your effort. For those of you who find theological backgrounds important, it is necessary to note that Piper is a Calvinist. However, I have found many of his writings personally encouraging even if I do not agree with every position he takes. Nevertheless, I can agree with Piper that the Bible is supernatural and that God speaks from Its pages.

Intercessory Prayer

— asking God to move and change lives and circumstances around us

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7

Get Ready:
- Take a minute to breathe deeply and listen for God. Ask Him to show you how to pray.


Try it out:

  • Imaginative Prayer - Choose a life or a situation you’d like to see changed. Now imagine what it would look like for that person or circumstance to be changed. Imagine the person who is sick well and walking around. Picture the husband and wife filled with love for one another when they walk through the front door. Pray for God to heal and to restore.
  • “Flash Prayers.” — Notice people around you in a store, a service, at home, in your classroom, in your workplace, or in places you drive by. Silently look at them and pray quietly asking God to make them aware of his presence. Watch for how he may answer.
  • Pray for kids. — If you have kids or know kids, consider praying blessings over those kids. Pray for them as they rest or play that God would heal them and help them grow up knowing his love.


Go Deeper — Check out one of these resources on Prayer: