The Quiet Time

Jesus set the pattern for how desperately we need to seek God’s wisdom, power, and guidance daily.  After an extremely busy day and evening before, it is said of Him  In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.    Mark 1:35

praying over Bible 2I make getting alone with God such a priority that I feel naked or thirsty if I must go off into my day without it.  David’s heart attitude was, O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;  My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.    Psalm 63:1    We need to cultivate this hunger.

What do we do when we are alone with God?  King David said of his time with God, For to You I pray.  In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;  in the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.    Psalm 5:3    Of this expectant watching, the prophet Habakkuk said, I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved.    Habakkuk 2:1

This time with God does us no good and does no good for God’s kingdom if we are not alert and obedient for ways to apply what He teaches us while we are with Him.  David said, Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law.   James said,  But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.    James 1:22-24

Joshua warned Israel,  This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.   Joshua 1:8   Meditation on the lessons God teaches us when we are with Him takes time, but this investment is essential for our time spent to make a difference for eternity.

As I meditate, I find it helpful to ask myself some questions.  Is there a sin God is pointing out to me that I need to confess and forsake?  Do I have a bad attitude I need to correct?  Is there here a passion that I need to develop?  Is there a relationship I need to nurture?  Do I see an awesome attribute of God‘s to admire, and tell Him about it?

 

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