Spending consistent TIME WITH GOD is of the utmost importance for someone who calls themselves a follower of Jesus. However, many people are intimidated and find it difficult to create a discipline of daily time with God. In this devotional series, you will learn how to begin having time with God. We believe your faith will be enriched as you make this a priority. As always, let us know if we can help you in any way.
Millions of people attend church services every week. Some even spend time in prayer or reading from the Bible, but the book of James tells us there’s another important step. There’s something even beyond spending time with God, and that’s making the choice to putting into action what your time with God produced.
Look at these verses:
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (James 1:22–25, ESV)
Hopefully over the past few days you’ve spent a little (or a lot) of time preparing, praying, studying and writing. As you think back over those times…
What are you feeling compelled to do?
Another important part of time with God is writing it down. For many people this means keeping a journal. Tough guys may think that journaling sounds like something more for a middle school girl, but let’s challenge that thinking a bit.
Look at these verses:
And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. (Habakkuk 2:2–3, ESV)
Can you imagine the history we wouldn’t have if things didn’t get written down? Over and over in scripture, God’s instruction to us is to remember. Writing things down helps us remember important things of our faith.
After you’ve prepared your heart, gotten excited and spent some time in prayer, studying the Bible is another important element. Christians believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. In other words, there is power, authority and truth that is uniquely put there by God to help us in our lives.
Joshua 1:8 - “This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.”
Now that we’ve gotten excited to meet with God, let’s look at the next step. Jesus sets the example for us.
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35, ESV)
Many people are intimidated by prayer, but prayer is simple. It’s just a conversation with God. In its simplest form, it’s talking and listening. However, it is also a spiritual experience that benefits from approaching it with a bigger awareness of who we are praying to.
Here is some coaching on how to grow in your prayer life:
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
It is natural to approach our devotional time as a chore or duty. But if we remember that God is MORE excited to meet with us than we can imagine; it may give us the extra boost to make this part of our daily routine.