Read Psalm 46
It’s possible to get so busy in life that you lose sight of where you’re going—like the pilot in World War II who was flying over the Pacific Ocean when he radioed back to his headquarters, “I’m lost. I have absolutely no idea where I’m going. But I’m making record time.”
That’s right. You can be making good time, but if you’ve forgotten where you’re going—and why—it makes little difference. A daily time with God can fix that. It can re-orient you. It can reenergize you. In fact, talking to God in prayer and letting Him talk to you from His Word is essential to spiritual growth.
It’s easy to let your daily time with God become a source of guilt or stress. But it doesn’t have to be three hours on your knees by your bedside. It can be fifteen minutes over a cup of coffee. It can be ten minutes on the way to work in the morning. It can be five minutes every night––after your twelve children are in bed.
Whatever it may look like for you, a daily time with God for prayer and Bible reading is vitally important. The Bible says, “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:16). Jesus was a plenty busy guy for His day and time. He had places to go—on foot, no less—people to see, people to heal, people to teach, people to raise from the dead, not to mention His volunteer work at the Five Loaves and Two Fishes Soup Kitchen! Yes, Jesus was a busy man, but He still “often withdrew” because His time with His Father was His source of strength and energy. Don’t you think you need strength at least as much as Jesus did? If anything, you need it more—we all do.
To get started, try these suggestions:
Choose a time. Select a daily time to meet with God, one you can realistically keep. Put it on your calendar. Set a reminder on your phone or computer. Find your best time and stick to it.
Find a place to withdraw. Jesus “withdrew to lonely places,” where interruptions and distractions were unlikely, and He could be alone with His Father. You should identify some place to pray and read the Bible that is away from distractions like the television. You might even want to find a place without cell-phone reception.
Have a plan. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It may be five minutes of praise and thanks, followed by five minutes of Bible reading, and ending with five minutes of letting your requests be made known to God. Or you may listen to a worship song on your iPod, then spend a few minutes in silence before alternating a few moments of prayer with a few minutes of reading. Your plan can be anything you want it to be. The important thing is that you have a plan!