There is nothing more important, healthy, and fulfilling than connecting with God. Carving out time in your day to spend time with the One who loves you more than anyone in this world should not be as hard as we make it. God created us and our souls long, even ache, to connect and come closer to Him. When a person realizes their need for God and asks Him into their heart, a question may rise like “How do I spend time with Him?” The more we set aside time with Jesus, the more we will understand his character and the blessings He has in store for us. I love to use this acronym for the time I spend with the Lord and it goes like this:
Q: quiet space
U: uninterrupted time
I: intimate prayer
E: engaging tools
T: trusting and open heart
Quiet space could mean anything from no noise, a peaceful spot of yours, or being alone with God. I love my quiet time in the morning because I know that starting my day with Jesus will get it off to a better start than anything else and it is something I will never regret. The amount of time is not as important as the quality of time. I have found that fifteen minutes locked in with God is worth more than an hour of drifting in reading or in prayer. The goal in quiet time is to get acquainted with Jesus, to enjoy His presence, peace, joy, wisdom, strength, forgiveness, guidance, and so many more fulfilling things,
Uninterrupted time is the time when nothing takes your eyes off Jesus. For me, that would be putting my phone up as well as being by myself. I get distracted easily so I know that for my morning time with Him, I must lay it all aside. Laying anything and everything aside for Him is so worth it. He has so much to offer and reveals who He is as you spend time in His word with Him.
Next, is intimate prayer, and this one you may read over because you already do pray. Praying is great and it is a great way of connecting with God at any time of the day. But it is intimate? He is an intimate God and wants that closeness with you. If you’re constantly asking God for things rather than thanking Him, that is not a relationship that is genuine or intimate. To be intimate with God, you must know: God is interested in you, you can be completely truthful with God, you can be vulnerable with God, and God empowers you. Once you have intimacy with God, you experience love and security like no other.
I love using engaging tools because it really helps me understand what I am reading as well as guides me. I am going to post tools I recommend on my blog soon which will have the resources I have loved and have helped me understand my readings better. You can read the Bible all day long and come out not understanding anything. It is a detailed book that can be challenging to read because of the historical, language, and cultural gap between when it was written and our life now. The Bible is pages and pages of God. His thoughts, his words, his heart. Right there, just a few inches away. Clinging on the Bible is the most important tool you have to learn about Him. As it can be a challenge to read, I have found books that have helped me engage and apply the stories in the Bible to my life. Look out for that blog coming soon!
Lastly, you may read and think that is the easiest one to do. Trusting and having an open heart is the way to the Lord and the way to having that pure relationship with Him. If you are not open to His voice and the Holy Spirit coming into your life, it is going to be a struggle to trust the Lord throughout your days. When you have your quiet time each day, invite the Holy Spirit into your day. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 2:10, “The Spirit searches all, yes, the deep things of God.” It Is the Holy Spirit who teaches us and takes us deeper and deeper into God’s truth as we go along in our walk as disciples. Once you have that open heart and send that invitation, you can trust the Author of your life. We trust whoever built our house that it’s not going to fall in on our heads, we trust the bank with our money. We trust the piolet on our next plane trip is competent. We exercise trust all the time, quite unthinkingly. Trust is the practical outworking of faith: it is when we trust God that we show that our faith in him is real.
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