Spiritual Workout Plan


My wife and I have realized we need more structure for our own spiritual muscles. We decided to try and come up with something concrete that we can use to grow. I know that in the past I have set my goals too high and become quickly disheartened.

Matt Chandler had just done a sermon detailing some baby steps to be taken, which is where I got these preliminary numbers from (as well as the quote from him as well).

Week 1

Pray in the morning and at night.

Week 2

Pray for 15 minutes a day (including once in morning, once at night).

Meditate on scripture for 5 minutes.

Week 4

Pray for 15 minutes a day (including once in morning, once at night).

Meditate on scripture for 5 minutes.

Memorize 5 scriptures a week.

Week 6

Pray for 15 minutes a day (including once in morning, once at night).

Meditate on scripture for 5 minutes.

Memorize 5 scriptures a week.

Read 15 minutes a day of a serious theological book.

  • -Praying 15 minutes a day for 365 days a year is 5,475 minutes (or 91-1/2 hours of prayer); that’s four days of prayer a year.
  • -Meditating on 365 different scriptures and passages.
  • -Memorizing 5 scriptures a week for a year is 260 scriptures.
  • – Reading a theological book for 15 minutes a day, in one year, you would have read for 5,475 minutes. Multiply that times 250 words per minute, and you get 1.3 million words per year. Now most books have between 300 and 400 words per page. So if you take 350 words per page and divide that into 1.3 million words per year, you get 3,910 pages per year. This means that at 250 words a minute for 15 minutes a day, you would have read 20 average-sized books a year.

 “Here’s what the math does. The math shows me we’re lazy idolaters, because you can read. You’re just not fascinated enough with God to read about him. Because, man, when we get into your little projects, I bet you read, man. When it comes to your sports team, you read. I bet you when it comes to fitness, you read. I bet you when it comes to diet, you read. I bet you when it comes to health, you read. See, what gets revealed when you look at the math… See, I love math for only this reason: it doesn’t have an agenda.” –Matt Chandler, Fig Leaves, Lies, and the Grace of God

It is impossible that any…


“It is impossible that any ill should happen to the man who is beloved of the Lord; the most crushing calamities can only shorten his journey and hasten him to his reward. Ill to him is not ill, but only good in a mysterious form. Losses enrich him, sickness is his medicine, reproach is his honor, death is his gain. No evil in the strict sense of the word can happen to him, for everything is overruled for good. Happy is he who is in such a case. He is secure where others are in peril, he lives where others die.”

Charles Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Vol. 2, Part 2, 93)