This week, I would like to talk about the time we spend with God. We go to church, pray, read devotions just to name a few. Let me ask this… how much time do you spend with God alone? How much time do we spend talking vs listening to God? Let’s take a closer look at the devotional time we spend with God.
One of the ways we spend time with God is our daily devotions. Webster defines devotions as – “an act of prayer or private worship” or “a religious exercise or practice other than the regular corporate worship of a congregation.” In other words, it’s your time you devote and spend with God alone. Jesus had devotions many times in the New Testament. We find in Luke 5:16 “But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” So even Jesus needed to have devotions with God. Remember that prayer is just a two-way conversation with God and Yourself. Meaning we should not only speak, but also listen to God.
So, do you start your day off with a morning Devotion to God? If you want to have a great day, a blessed day there is nothing more powerful than starting your day with God. God commands us to put him first in our life and this is one of the ways we can do that. Having morning devotion will set the tone for the rest of the day. In Psalms 143 verse 8 says “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” So, if you want to have a great day start your day with a Devotion to God. This does not mean you will not have trouble or challenges for the day… it just means that God is there to help you.
Another time we have devotions, is right before we go to bed. This is a great time to thank God for what he has done for you throughout the day. I also thank him for just getting me through it. In Proverbs 3:24 says “When you lie down, you will not be afraid, when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.” My nightly devotion helps me put a close to the day. Also, it’s a chance to thank God for His help in getting through it. I can look back and see where I can better serve God tomorrow. Spending time with God, before going to sleep, will give you peace or as proverb say above, “sleep will be sweet”.
Your personal devotion should include talking with God or prayer, reading scriptures (Bible) and any other thing you’re led to do by God. There are a lot of resources to help with devotions. You can find, both online and printed, devotional books or guides to use daily.
In conclusion I cannot stress enough the importance of each day spending time with the Lord. Sometimes it’s hard to find the time, but once you get into the habit of having devotions, it becomes a very easy part of your routine. I challenge you to do a morning (before you start your day), a devotion asking God to help you through it and another devotion at the end of your day, thanking God for His help. If you want to do more devotions to God that’s great… but at a minimum, I suggest at least one devotional time every day. Our time is the only thing we can give to God that He doesn’t already have.
So, here’s the Final Question, how’s your relationship with God? Maybe you never had a relationship with Jesus, or maybe you have lost your fellowship with Him. There’s no better time than the present to get a relationship with God or to renew your relationship with Him. Remember, none of us is guaranteed another second on this earth. Please just take a moment right now and dedicate yourself to Christ Our Savior.
I ask you today, do you have an intimate relationship with God? Do you talk to God and receive His answers? If not, please today start that intimate relationship with God. It’s easy and free. All you need to do is ask the Lord to come into your life.
Please… if you don’t know Christ or have fallen away, please pray… Tell God you believe His Son Jesus paid for your sins and rose again. Tell God you are sorry and want to start Living for Him. He will forgive your sins and mistakes and give you Everlasting Life with Him… and place His Spirit deep within your heart. In 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
If you would like me to pray with you or want to send a comment, please email me at Bob.L@magnificentpromises.com
May God Bless you!
I thank you for reading my blog. I do not claim to be any expert or affiliated with any religious organization. All I can say is that I’m affiliated with my Lord Jesus Christ. This is one man’s opinion and observation. My hope is I stirred up some thoughts for you to think about. There is one place that we can find all the answers to life. That road map is Commonly known as the Bible. If you want the answers to life all you have to do is read. If you would like me to pray with you or want to send a comment, please email me at Bob.L@magnificentpromises.com
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16