As, What, When

Another book that I have been reading is the Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster.  My small group tackled this one in the fall and we are about halfway through.  The book is designed to foster (no pun intended) spiritual growth by teaching readers about the various inward, outward, and corporate spiritual disciplines: meditation, prayer, fasting, study, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, confession, worship, guidance, and celebration.

In the chapter on submission, Foster encourages readers to pray the prayer of Thomas a Kempis: “As thou wilt; what thou wilt; when thou wilt” in an effort to “yield our body, mind, and spirit for [God’s] purposes” (p.122).  I translated this simple prayer into language that works for me, and I try to include it regularly into my prayer time.  It’s just another way that I can daily attempt to surrender my will to His.

As you will.

What you will.

When you will.