Individual's Spiritual Health

Spiritual Disciplines & Practices

What are Spiritual Disciplines?

This List of Spiritual Disciplines and Desires is to assist individuals in being intentional in their growth and disciplined approach to discipleship.

This List is adapted from work by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us IVP Books. Contributions to the page for each topic have been made by the spiritual directors in Wycliffe organization and SIL. Further contributions have been made by other mission HR teams. If you have ideas for further contributions, please email them to ______. This page is evolving as people have time to contribute.

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Accountability Partner

To give a regular and honest account of my choices, priorities and temptations to a godly and wise companion who points me to Christ

Affirmation of faith

An affirmation of faith can be the reciting of a creed or sentences you have designed for your own use.

Bible Study

To know what the Bible says and how it intersects with my life

Breath Prayer

To pray a simple, intimate prayer of heartfelt desire before God

Care of the Earth

To honor the Creator by loving, nurturing and stewarding his creation


To take joyful, passionate pleasure in God and the radically glorious nature of God’s people, Word, world and purpose 

Centering Prayer

To quiet the heart and rest in God alone


To revere God by receiving and honoring my body and the bodies of others with purity of thoughts and actions 


To express and reflect the self-donating love of the Trinity by investing in and journeying with others


To become the healing presence of Christ to others

Confession & Self-Examination

To surrender my weaknesses and faults to the forgiving love of Christ and intentionally desire and embrace practises that lead to transformation


Looking at scripture as a prayer activity


To wake up to the presence of God in all things

Contemplative Prayer

To develop an open, restful receptivity to the Trinity that enables me to always be with God just as I am

Control of the Tongue 

To turn the destructive way I use words into authentic, loving and healing speech

Conversational Prayer

To talk naturally and unselfconsciously to God in prayer times with others

Covenant Group

To enter into authentic, confidential and healing relationships with a committed group of fellow pilgrims


To nurture the spirit of trust that is attached to God alone

Devotional Reading

To prayerfully encounter and surrender to the Living God through attending to Scripture


To delight in and recognise the voice and will of God


To be in a relationship where I am encouraged or where I encourage another to become an apprentice of Jesus


To notice both God and my God-given desires throughout the day 


To let go of a an appetite in order to seek God on matters of deep concern for others, myself and the world 

Fixed-Hour Prayer

To stop my work and pray throughout the day


To be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to live with a grateful heart, cognizant of God’s work in my life and my abundant resources

Holy Communion

To be nourishment by Christ, tasting the sweet depths of redemption


To be a safe person who offers others the grace, shelter and presence of Jesus


To become like Jesus in his willingness to choose the hidden way of love rather than the way of power

Imaginative Contemplation

Use your imagination to picture a scene or event from scripture, reproducing it in your mind’s eye as though watching a video of the event. Let your senses come into play—sight, hearing, smells, touch, taste.

Inner-Healing Prayer

To assist the emotionally broken and wounded as they seek God for the healing that only he can give

Intercessory Prayer

To turn my concerns and worries into prayer: to enter God’s heart for the world and then pray from there


To be alert to my life through writing and reflecting on God’s presence and activity on, around and through me


To love others by seeking their good, protection, gain, and fair treatment

Labyrinth Prayer

To make a quiet, listening pilgrimage to God


Lament is a tool that God’s people use to navigate pain and suffering. Lament is vital prayer for the people of God because it enables them to petition for God to help deliver from distress, suffering, and pain. Lament prayer is designed to persuade God to act on the sufferer’s behalf.

Lectio Divina

Reading, not undertaken simply with the eyes and the mind. Rather, it must involve the whole person: mind, heart, body, and spirit. It is reading for formation, not information.

Liturgical Prayer

To open myself to God through establishing patterns or traditions of written prayers and readings 


To curb my addiction to busyness, hurry and workaholism; to learn to savor the moment


To more deeply gaze on God in his works and words


To carry the life-shaping worlds of God in me at all times and in all places


To accompany and encourage others to grow to their God-given potential

Practicing the Presence

To develop a continual openness and awareness of Christ’s presence living in me

Prayer of Recollection

To rest in God, allowing him to calm and heal my fragmented and distracted self

Prayer Partners

To share the journey of prayer with a trusted companion

Praying Scripture

To allow God to shape my prayer life through the words of Scripture 

Praying the Ordinary

It is a ‘prayer in action’ where the distinction between the sacred and the secular is erased. While praying the ordinary, everything we do becomes prayer because it is directed toward God.

Prayer Walking

To align myself, while walking in particular places, with Christ and his intercession for the kingdom to come


Repetition in prayer is a helpful beginning towards spiritual fitness for similar reasons. When we use our mind, our lips, our heart to form words of prayer, we’re training our “spiritual muscles” to orient ourselves towards God.


To honor God and my human limitations through restful rhythms


To make space in my life for God alone

Rule for Life

To live a sane and holy rhythm that reflects a deep love for God and respect for how he has made me


To set apart one day a week for rest and worship of God


To follow the simple and often hidden way of Christ


To value myself as my heavenly Father values me


To reflect the helping, caring and sharing love of God in the world


To uncomplicate and untangle my life so I can focus on what really matters

Small Group 

To make my spiritual; journey with a community of trusted friends

Solitude & Silence

To leave people behind and enter into time alone with God

Spiritual Direction

To give caring attention to my relationship with God, accompanied by the prayerful presence of someone who helps me listen well to God

Spiritual Friendship

To develop a friendship that encourages and challenges me to love God with all my heart, soul, strength and mind


To live as a steward of God’s resources in all areas of life: to live out of the awareness that nothing I have is my own


To have Jesus as the Master of my life in absolutely every way

Truth Telling

To live an authentically truthful life


To live in harmony with Christ’s desire for the church to be one: to be a bridge-builder and peacemaker in the body of Christ


To be fully present to and uninterrupted in my interactions with God and others

Welcoming Prayer

The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. The purpose of the Welcoming Prayer is to deepen our relationship with God through consenting in the ordinary activities of our day.


To reveal the life-changing love of Jesus to others


To honour and adore the Trinity as the supreme treasure of life