Most of us want to skip over the disciplines & go right to the results & rewards of those disciplines. We want to have powerful prayer lives, but also want to skip over establishing prayer habits. We want renewed minds, but want to skip over the habit of carving out regular time for meditation & study. We want that land of milk & honey, but don't want to trek through any form of wilderness to get to it. We want transformed lives, but want to avoid at all cost life-surrender & the tediousness of establishing
spiritual disciplines. I think it's wisdom to look for the best approach, the best fit, & the right rhythm when it comes to applying spiritual disciplines to our lives. But even the most perfect fit won't be void of times when it meets resistance & you'd rather do anything else but spiritual disciplines... And yet, despite contrary feelings, you must. That's the nature of discipline; that when it meets resistance it breaks it down & breaks through it by continuing to press in. Any good trainer will tell you that learning to press through resistance is part of the training. I's during times of resistance that we are actually becoming strongest. but if we reject the hard parts of training we will never be fully trained. Regarding spiritual discipline, we can not simply follow the path of least resistance. That's called meandering. It may hide under the guise of rejecting legalism or 'still looking for the perfect fit', but underneath, it's still just an "I don't want to & especially when I don't feel like it, so I'm not gonna'. We have every right to have this posture, & God does not love us less when we do. but the issue is not God's love, it's the issue of fruitfulness, transformation, increase, effectiveness, & all else relating to your call to be the light of the world, the salt of the earth, the dwelling place for God.