“Many of us think of spiritual discipline in terms of “living the letter of the Law” or as a series of draconian rules that no one could possibly live up to…Legalism is self-centered; discipline is God-centered. The legalistic heart says, “I will do this thing to gain merit with God.” The disciplined heart says, “I will do this because I love God and want to please Him.” The true heart of discipline is relationship—a relationship with God.”
“If I throw out a boathook from the boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but the aligning of my will to the will of God.”
“Meditation is also verbal. When the psalmist speaks of meditating on the law of God day and night (1:2), he uses a word that means “to mutter.” Muttering God’s Word back to Him in prayer involves committing it to memory or praying with an open Bible. So, along with systematic reading of the Bible, we ought to select meaningful segments to reverently verbalize.”
“This discipline is a call to work! Prayer is work, not a sport. It is not something that you do if you like it or only if you’re good at it. It will not come easy. But don’t give up trying if you have failed in the past. Confess your failure to God and then discipline yourself to begin something new.”
Hughes, Barbara. Disciplines of a Godly Woman (p. 14, 41, 42, 52). Crossway. Kindle Edition.