13 Feb Make an Appointment with God (Part 2)
Make An Appointment With God; Just Do It! -Part 2
“I have so much to do today that I must spend three hours in prayer”
I began last month highlighting the importance of spiritual health, focusing on spending regular time with the Father. Jayne had shared with me the distractions that come her way when she decides to go and pray and study the word. Suddenly, all the chores and tasks at home are brought to the forefront of her mind. She decided to make an appointment with God when she heard this teaching. In the same way that you ask for an appointment with your doctor, for example, and they give you a set time, usually based on availability, set a time in your diary and in your heart to meet with your Heavenly Father. If you are too busy to pray or spend time with the Father, then you are too busy! It is important to reassess what you are doing with your time and what is taking your time.
Jesus came and lived amongst us to restore relationship and fellowship with the Father. As a man, Jesus had regular fellowship with the Father; several scriptures point to the importance of His prayer life and solitude to commune with the Father. He usually made this His priority in the day.
When Jesus grew famous and His Ministry grew, the Bible says “Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed”. (Luke 5:15-16), He modelled to us during His earthly ministry the importance of this spiritual discipline amid a busy schedule.
Several great men and women of God attributed their success to having a regular quiet time with the Father. Men and women of God like Smith Wigglesworth, Charles Spurgeon, Kathryn Kuhlman and many more have left a legacy of the value of quiet time with God and its impact on their life and ministry.
Eugene Peterson who put together the Message version of the Bible says: “prayer is a refusal to live as an outsider to my God and my own soul.” I want to encourage you to make it intentional to become a man or woman devoted to their God. Your heart and mind are shaped daily by the words and wisdom that you glean from the time spent in His presence. This will revolutionize your life.
Just Do It! -This is a simple outline for putting this in place in your life:
- Go before God with a reverential awe and respect for who He is (having the right attitude is important)
- Be awake and alert during your time with God
- Select a specific time as we all function differently for example, some are naturally early risers however, remember to give God your best time.
- Follow a simple plan i.e. you can begin with praise and worship, pray in the spirit and with your understanding,
- Read a section of scripture, write down key things, words or phrases that the Lord shows you; meditate and memorise the scripture
- Remember to treat your bible or the word of God as a textbook- a book that is going to teach you; it is the book on life.
Finally, remember it a two-way relationship so create time for God to speak to your heart. The Psalmist says: “in the morning You hear my voice, O Lord; in the morning I prepare a prayer, a sacrifice for You and watch and wait for you to speak to my heart.”
Always go before your Heavenly Father with an expectancy, an anticipation to hear from Him and to connect with Him.
Enjoy your appointment with God as you choose the ‘main thing’ as Mary did.
Remember Jesus loves you and there is nothing you can do about it.
Further Study & Refection
2 Chronicles 25:1-2