Keeping company with Jesus

Right back in the early church in Acts, we see desire for more of God linked to activities that help people to 'keep company with Jesus'.

They devoted themselves to the Apostles' teaching, broke bread and prayed together. They shared possessions and practiced hospitality. As the community develops we see practices of compassion, witness, serving others, fixed hour prayer and fasting.

An early Christian text (known as The Didache) instructs believers on practices of stewardship, chastity, fasting, prayer, humility and the Lord's Supper. Longing to recover their first love for God, the early church moves out to the desert and this gives rise to practices of silence, solitude, contemplation and detachment. The monastic communities that followed exercised rhythms of fixed-hour prayer, memorization of Scripture, service, simplicity, hospitality and meditation. 

More recently in the West, with the advance of technology, Christians practiced journaling, care for the earth, small group accountability and mentoring. Today we see that trying to stay connected to Jesus in the whirlwind of our busy lives has opened up practices like slowing, centering prayer and fasting from technology. What seems to be true of history is the need for God's people to find intentional activities if we are going to stay awake to God today. 

What practices or activities do you find helpful? 

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