What Scriptural Liturgy Can Look Like for Individual Believers
While liturgy is important for worship gatherings such as a Catholic mass or Sunday-morning service, liturgy is also beneficial for the individual routines of Christians today. Many Christians struggle with their daily devotional routines, and a common reason is that the ‘routine’ aspect leaves much to be desired. There is often little rhyme or reason and great spontaneity in devotional times, and this can lead to a lukewarm faith walk.
So how can one apply liturgy to improve our devotional time?
The simplest way to use liturgy for your personal time with God is to implement a simple structure. This can be very strict or relatively relaxed depending on your personality and preference. However, adding a simple structure to your time with God can help you both stay motivated to continue with your routine, as well as give you direction when you may not be ‘in the mood’ to spend time with God.
Your personal liturgy may be as simple as prayer > Scripture reading > prayer. It may also include spiritual disciplines such as fasting, meditation, lectio divina, journaling, and musical worship.
The beauty of a personal liturgy is that it can be completely customized for your personality and relationship with God. The goal of this process is to facilitate intimacy with God, not to promote dry, impersonal Bible-reading habits. In the same way that church services ought to reflect the holiness and sovereignty of God, our personal time with God ought to reflect the love, intimacy, and devotion of God Himself.
The term ‘liturgy’ is often met with negative reactions among Christians today, and this is a shame. While “hyper-liturgical” churches are not the best fit for many Christians, it is important to recognize the universality of liturgy among Christian churches, even though some liturgies are not so front-and-center.
Not only can liturgy facilitate God-honoring worship among congregations of believers, but it can also be a game-changer for individual believers and their devotional routines. Liturgy is a means to know God and worship Him better, and it is vital to the health and vitality of the Church today.
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