Throughout the history of monasticism, beginning with the Desert Fathers and Mothers, Rules of Life have guided individuals and monastic communities into deep faithful discipleship to Jesus. Those seeking to follow Jesus in wholehearted discipleship found that by voluntarily committing to follow an agreed upon rhythm of life comprised of spiritual practices and values, one’s life of intimacy with God and service in the world was much aided and strengthened.
At the heart of the 24-7 Prayer movement and the Boiler Room Network there is a dispersed community called The Order of the Mustard Seed. Inspired by a three-hundred-year-old religious order of the same name, originally led by Count Zinzendorf and boasting members including the King of Denmark, an Archbishop of Canterbury and the native American chief Tomochichi, today’s members vow to abide by a shared Rule of Life centred on the gospels:
- To be true to Christ – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37
- To be kind to people – “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:38
- To take the gospel to the nations – “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19