“The power of God’s Word–This morning I came to the Word greatly discouraged. I left greatly encouraged”–Paul Washer.
I need to spend time with God, and I need to do so at the beginning of the day.
No one should be ashamed or intimidated by someone else’s schedule or practice. The Bible does not give us a time, place, or general practice about out daily time with God. Jesus often prayed late at night or early in the morning. In the life of Jesus, prayer (and fasting) seemed to be repetitive and spontaneous. He prayed as the need arose.
At this point in my life, I enjoy beginning my day in the presence of God. That does not mean everyone should or that I always will. The important part is simply spending time with God. If you would like to get an idea about my routine, click here.
Here are seven reasons why I spend time with God and why I do so early in the morning.
First, spending time with God encourages me. Like Paul Washer, I find the Word of God blesses me. Even when reading through Leviticus or other difficult and unusual passages, I find God speaking to me through His Word.
Second, spending time with God puts me in the right frame of mind. Prayer, as the saying goes, does not so much change God as it changes me. My prayer time allows me to head off to work with joy and peace in my heart.
Third, my time with God gives me guidance. I take my problems to God and ask Him for guidance. When we lack wisdom, we should ask God. Actually, I am now trying to take all decisions to God.
Fourth, my time with God allows me to pray for others.
Fifth,spending time with God lets me get to know Him. Isn’t this the way it works with family and friends? The more we spend time with God the more we know Him.
Sixth, spending time with God in prayer and Scripture helps conform me to His image. This is God’s will for my life and yours. We simply must ask ourselves if we are being conformed to the image of Christ and what we are doing to help that process.
Seventh, spending time with God helps me recognize His voice. More anything in my life, I want to hear from God. I want to know His voice and obey Him.
For all of these things, I seek to meet with God at the beginning of my day.
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