How to have Meaningful Time with God
Once you're convinced that a daily quiet time is necessary for
spiritual growth, then how do you go about having one? You may be
motivated to do it but may not know how.
before God with anticipation and eagerness. Expect to have a good
time of fellowship with Him and receive a blessing from your time
together. That was what David expected: "O God, You are my God,
earnestly I seek You." (Psalm 63:1)
rush into God's presence, but prepare your heart by being still
before Him and letting the quietness clear away the thoughts of the
world. Listen to the prophet Habakkuk: "The Lord is in His holy
temple; let all the earth be silent before Him." (Habakkuk 2:20; see
also Psalm 89:7) Coming into the presence of the Lord is not like
going to a football game or some other form of entertainment.
wide-awake first. Remember that you are meeting with the Creator,
the Maker of heaven and earth, the Redeemer of men. Be thoroughly
rested and alert. The best preparation for a quiet time in the
morning begins the night before. Get to bed early so you will be in
good shape to meet God in the morning; He deserves your full
attitude is crucial: you don't come to your quiet time to choose
what you will do or not do, but with the purpose of doing anything
and everything that God wants you to do. Jesus said, "If anyone
chooses to do God's will he will find out whether My teaching comes
from God or whether I speak on My own." (John 7:17) So come to meet
the Lord having already chosen to do His will no matter what.
SELECT A SPECIFIC TIME
The specific time has to do with when you should have your quiet
time and how long it should be. The general rule is this: The best
time is when you are at your best! Give God the best part of your
day - when you are the freshest and most alert. Don't try to serve
God with your leftovers (leftover time). Remember, too, that your
best time may be different from someone else's.
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