How to Build Daily Time with God

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Do you spend time with God daily? If not, why not? While we certainly have responsibilities with our homes, jobs, school, and other areas, the truth is, we make time for that which we value. Do we value our time with God or do we take Him for granted and just get into our day? Below are some pieces that will help you have that daily time.

  1. It includes a discipleship intentionality.
    • Luke 9:23: “And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.'”
    • Mark 10:42-45: “And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
  2. It must include prayer.
    • Colossians 4:2-4: “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.”
    • Psalm 5:3: “O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.”
    • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
    • 1 Peter 4:7: “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.”
    • Philippians 4:4-7: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
  3. It must include Bible reading.
    • Matthew 4:4: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
    • 1 Timothy 4:16: “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
    • John 17:17: “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”
    • Psalm 119:15-16: “I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.”
    • 2 Timothy 2:15; 4:3: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. . . . For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”
  4. It could include others. 
    • Acts 2:42-47: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
    • Acts 17:11: “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”
  5. Find a specific time, plan, and place.
    • Time: What time of day is best for you to have undistracted time in your daily time? Schedule this time like you would any other important event.
    • Plan: Do you have a Bible reading plan that takes you through all of the Scriptures? Do you have a Bible-centered, Christ-honoring devotional? How do you pray? A recommendation on the latter is using A.C.T.S: adoration, confession of sin, thanksgiving, and supplication/requests.
    • Place: Find a place that is your holy ground where you meet God every day.

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