One Step at a Time
If we find we're unable to take the steps to follow Christ in obedience, then we need the spiritual disciplines to help us get there. The key to the disciplines is to apply them where we are weak. Willard share the example of the 120 disciples who wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit is the upper room. Some of these same men could not watch one hour in prayer with Jesus in the garden. If you understand this concept, your own flesh will tell you where you need more work. Put yourself in situations where you can practice in the areas of your weakness. If you find your always in a hurry with God and have no time to wait on the Lord in pray and worship, then maybe some practice in the discipline of solitude would be a good idea. Just be willing and listen to the Holy Spirit. I like the story in the Mark 9 where the father of a sick boy says to Jesus "Help my unbelief." This is the same attitude we must have when approaching spiritual disciplines. I am really struggling, but Jesus "Help me in my weakness."