Today's Devotional Thought
February 01, 2010 by Wendy Foreman
Quiet Time with Him
So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed. In this verse, the “He” they are talking about is Jesus. All throughout the gospels you can read about all the miraculous things that Jesus did. He was healing the sick, the blind, the deaf, demons were being cast out and the list goes on and on. You can also read where He makes a point of going someplace all alone and someplace where it was quiet so that He could spend time with the Father. Spending time with His Father is what gave Him the strength to continue on in the work that He had to do on earth. If Jesus saw this as an essential part of His relationship with God how much more should we be taking the time to spend with our Heavenly Father?
Finding time everyday to be alone with the Lord is very important. If we desire to grow and mature in our relationship with the Lord, it is imperative. We all know people who go to church every week but we see no evidence of faith in them. They see God as a personal matter. They don’t like to talk about their “religion.” The sad part of that is that it shouldn’t be about religion, but it should be about a relationship and you will grow that relationship when you are disciplined enough to MAKE time everyday to spend with the Lord. When we fail to communicate with the Lord we then will find that we don’t really trust Him because we don’t really know Him. And, if we don’t trust Him, then we won’t follow Him either. A person who has no devotional life tends to struggle with faith and obedience. And, it all goes back to trust.
Let me just interject here with someone who knew about prayer and spending time with the Lord: King David. The book of Psalms is filled with his prayers, his fears, victories and his despair. Psalms is like King David’s personal prayer journal. At the very center of David’s time with the Lord was the Word of God. David truly felt as though God was speaking through His word to Him concerning all that was going on in his life. We need to be like King David and spend time in the Word, being still and quiet and listening for God’s voice.
Let me suggest to you several ways to make your time with the Lord a little richer.
1. Schedule time with God. You must plan your time with God everyday. We schedule appointments for various reasons and we mark them on our calendars because they are important to us. Why not set aside a specific time everyday for the Lord.
2. Choose a special place. Pick some place that is quiet and where you won’t be distracted or interrupted. This place will become very special for you and you will begin to enter it with such expectancy.
3. Try using a variety of methods. Sometimes when you use the same method everyday things can get boring. Use different devotionals; read different books or journal some days and not others. If you have a plan on reading through the Bible maybe do that for a couple of days and then switch it up some and read through some other area of the Bible. Just do different things to keep it exciting. Nothing about spending time with the Lord should be boring.
I want to encourage you today to make time for the Lord everyday. It will make such a difference in every area of your life.