The Power of a Spiritual Habit
Habits are a powerful thing, they can set a person up for great things or a horrible end. What exactly is a habit? A habit is a personal activity you don't really have to think about, it’s an action you do automatically. Everybody has habits or routines, such as waking up, going to Starbucks at 7 AM before work, smoking a cigarette when pressure builds, etc. Habits are created and become part of our life until something changes. Now many might think habits are easy to make and break, that is hardly the case. Habits are not only actions we choose to do, habits become part of our brain physiology. In his groundbreaking book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg clearly shows this physiological aspect.“This process
within our brains is a three-step loop. First, there is a cue, a trigger that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and which habit to use. Then there is the routine, which can be physical or mental or emotional. Finally, there is a reward, which helps your brain figure out if this particular loop is worth remembering for the future: THE HABIT LOOP”― Charles Duhigg,
Bad habits can destroy you, they eat away at your life, alcoholism, drugs, getting up late, missing work, smoking, staying out late, are all examples. Some these might not seem like a big deal, but they will begin to chip away at your life. Once these bad habits become ingrained in your mind they are hard to overcome. Why are they hard to overcome? Because they become part of your brain physiology.
Understanding the process of habits, can help harness this power to our benefit. This is not limited to just a secular point, but can also be used for a spiritual point. What that means, is you can work to create “Spiritual Habits” to improve your walk and effectiveness in the Kingdom of God. The Bible is filled with examples of spiritual habits. Let’s look at a couple of examples:
1. Daniel prayed toward Jerusalem 3x a day (Daniel 6:10). This habit was so powerful in his life, when the Darius signed a law declaring death to those who pray Daniel still went and prayed as was his custom or “Habit”.
2. The Passover in Exodus Chapter 12, God commands Israel have a “Passover Feast” on the 15th day of the Month of Nissan (March/April) to remember the events of Egypt. The event occurred over 3400-years ago, but that habit of Passover celebration has kept the Jewish nation together. Even Jews who are atheists still celebrate Passover, because its ingrained in their culture and habit.
Joshua gave Israel the formula for success in Joshua 1:8, he told them to create a “habit” and pass it down from generation to generation. His command was to meditate on the “Book of the Law” day and night. The result would be the power to do what is written in it.
Jos 1:8 (8) This Book of the L
aw shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
By meditating on the Law (The Spiritual Habit) you will be equipped to execute its WORD. This will lead to success. Let’s look at some powerful “Spiritual Habits” you can develop, that could change your “Spiritual” life.
- Daily Prayer
- Daily Bible Study
- Sharing your faith
- Praying for People
- Going to a Bible study
- Praying before you eat
How to start?
Try to add one of these habits to your routine, substituting a bad habit. Below is a chart to help you, an accountability tool, to keep you on track for 30-days. Maybe you never read your Bible, but always watch a certain show on television. Try making a commitment to read 2-chapters of the Bible a day, commit to it, mark it down everyday for the next 30-days. Maybe commit yourself to pray for 10-minutes a day, write down your prayers, commit it to the chart and follow through.