My guess is that most of us struggle to carve out time to meet with God. And a large majority of us who do, find it rather dry and obligatory. For most, establishing a meaningful pattern of encountering God is a battle royal.
Part of winning this battle relates to the discipline of cultivating good habits that make for spiritual growth. It is here that the Enemy of your soul attacks, as he knows that if you lock in this practice, you will become a serious threat to his kingdom. Be assured that he will be relentless in seeking to thwart your progress. (See Job 1:7; Jn. 10:10; Eph. 6:11; 2 Tim. 4:17; I Pet. 5:8)
However difficult as it may be, it is imperative that we resolve to develop the habit of giving time with God our first priority…preferably in the morning of each day. “It is most helpful to establish a regular routine that enables one to breathe the incense of heaven before inhaling the smog and fog of the earth.” 1
Attempting to have your time with God later in the day usually spells defeat because of established routines, obligations, and unanticipated interruptions. For most who try to negotiate time in the middle or end of the day, they end up with little more than spiritual fumes. Receiving God’s spiritual manna at the first light of day prepares you mentally and spiritually for the rest of the day. God often gives you just the right word or message for the challenges and opportunities you will encounter throughout your day. Perhaps he will give you a special verse that you may want to jot down and carry with you through the day as you pray its truth into your life; even committing the verse to memory.
As you process through a passage you may want to ask the following questions: 1
– Are there principles to guide my life?
– Are there commands to obey?
– Are there warnings to heed?
– Are there examples to follow?
– Are there promises to claim?
As you retire before sleeping, consider cultivating the habit of mentally rehearsing your day, thanking God for the victories, and asking him if there were any sins of commission or omission that need to be confessed.
This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.
R. Dwight Hill
1 Spiritual Discipleship –Oswald Sanders, p. 88; Moody Publishers, 1994Views: 16