We all need personal discipline and personal prayer. The word “discipline” has several meanings. They are all related to the fact that we are disciples of Jesus. We are called to become like him and to do what he did. Discipline is a training to do this. Some kinds are given by the Church in her rules for her members. We can also choose special disciplines under the inspiration of grace. Personal prayer is communion with God in a way that is suited to our individual progress in the spiritual life.
Both personal prayer and personal discipline look in three directions at once and require much skill to be used well. They look toward us personally so that we can become more detached from the self-will that resists God’s grace. They look toward God through a growing surrender in faith unfolding in a peaceful love of God. They look toward others who need the light and redemption of Jesus. Gradually, Jesus leads us to a more perfect imitation of himself.
Lord, you are my teacher and my guide. I believe that everything that happens to me is an opportunity to come closer to you. Make of me a mature disciple.