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Time With God

To grow in faith it is helpful to spend time with God.  As we read His word and pour our hearts out before Him, our faith and trust will grow.  

Spending time with God can seem like a daunting task when you are first getting to know Him.  If this is true for you, here are some tips that may be helpful as you get started.  They are adapted from what I learned many years ago as I attended bible studies and meetings.  Rest assured that as you spend time with God, you will develop your own unique way of being with Him.

Psalm 62:8
Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.

  • Talking to God does not have to be a formal affair.  Remember, He wants to spend time with you.  He doesn’t have rules on what you say or how you say it.  It is okay to share from your heart.  He knows your heart anyway.  You are safe with Him.  He is your “refuge”.  
  •  There is no set time requirement.  When I am in trouble and I need The Lord’s help, my favorite prayer is “HELP!”.  

Psalm 46:10
Be still, and know that I am God:  . . . . . .

  • Some call this a “quiet time” because it is helpful to designate a quiet time and place where there are no distractions.  If we don’t schedule a time to be still, we can be robbed of our time with the One who loves us most.

Psalm 5:3
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

  • Spending time with God in the morning can be a great way to start the day.  It gives strength and focus for the day ahead.   It helps us remember we are not alone.
  • Don’t, however let a busy morning prevent you from spending time with the Lord.  There have been times in my life when my time with God was while taking a morning walk.  I stuck a note card with a scripture on it in my pocket, and walked and talked and prayed all at the same time. At other times, the only quiet I had was after the kids were in bed and the dishes were done, or on the drive to work in the morning.  If you don’t have time in the morning, set another time that works for you.
  • Sometimes you may not feel like taking time to talk to God.  So many things cry for our attention.  Yet when it is a simple matter of choice, we need to discipline ourselves no matter how we feel.  Eventually, time spent with God becomes a habit.  More importantly, we begin to look forward to our time with Him.  As with any relationship, time spent together is important if we want that relationship to grow. 
  • If there is a period of time where you skip talking to the Lord, don’t be too embarrassed to start up again.  He is there waiting to hear from you.  He knows your heart.  He understands.

Ephesians 6:13 
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

  • Ask God to guide your time with Him. Pray for His protection over yourself and your family, right now and throughout the day. Put on your armour (see “Our Armour”) if you haven’t done so already.

Psalm 100:4
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 

  • This can be a good way to begin.  Start by thanking God for the fact that you can spend time with Him.  Thank Him for the many blessings in your life.  Sing a song of praise or play music that helps you feel close to Him.  Even when we don’t feel like praising and giving thanks, when we do so out of obedience, our hearts are changed and our spirits are lifted.   

I John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

  • Clear the air with God.  Reflect on anything you may need to ask His forgiveness for.  Then do so.  He stands ready to forgive.  This allows time spent in His presence to be without the worry or guilt of sin. 

Philippians 4:6
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

  • God wants us to bring our requests to Him.  He cares about every detail of our lives.   Nothing is too small for God.  He is the one who numbers the very hairs on our head (Mathew 10:30). 

Romans 10:17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

  • Spend time reading your bible. It tells of God’s great love and provision for us.  It contains His promises to us, our families, our lives.  It allows us to grow in faith.
  • Speak His Word out loud.  “Hear” it.  It has power.  It was by the spoken Word that God created the earth.
  • Talk to God about what you read and speak.  Keep a journal and write down what you are thinking and feeling  and what you hear God saying through His Word.  Write down any special promises or scriptures He is giving you. 
  • Don’t forget to “be still” and listen to what it is God is saying to you. 

A good way to end your time with the Lord is the same way you began it.  With thanksgiving and praise. 

Lest this should all seem too complicated, here is a summary:

  • Ask for God’s protection over you and your family now, and throughout the day.
  • Thank God for His blessings in your life.  Name some of them.
  • Praise Him with your own words or with other music.
  • Ask for His forgiveness.
  • Give Him your requests.
  • Read your bible.
  • Listen.  Write down what He says.
  • Thank Him for who He is and what He is doing in your life.

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