I have found that the most important aspect of my relationship with God is spending time alone with Him. To be clear, your time alone with God has nothing to do with earning God’s grace or favor in your life. God’s love for you is not based on what you do or what you don’t do. God’s love for you does not change based on your behavior. God loves you simply because He created You.
Having a relationship with God is like having a relationship with any person. In order to have a relationship with someone you have to spend time with them. The more time you spend alone with someone, the better you get to know them and the stronger your relationship becomes.
The Blessings Of God’s Presence
If we only knew how much God wants to bless us! God’s presence heals us, nourishes us, strengthens us, completely changes us, and makes us new. It is through God’s presence that I can see myself and others as God sees them. It is through His presence that I can have genuine love for others where there would be no natural affection for them on my own. It is through Him that I can have joy in my inmost being when the circumstances of my life are in turmoil. So how do we live our daily lives in the presence of God with all the demands and distractions of life? How can we access God’s presence? I believe the answer is found in spending time alone with God.
How To Have Devotions
There is no one right way to have “devotions” or a “quiet time”. I used to think that having a specific routine was important in my quiet time, such as following a “read your Bible in 1 year” plan where you read 4 chapters a day. There is nothing wrong with having a plan or a routine, but I learned that God is much more concerned with getting His truth into me rather than checking another task off of my to do list. With God, He wants quality over quantity.
-Read Scripture (The Bible)
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12
We can know a lot of Scripture and we can know a lot about the Bible and still not allow it to change us. The Bible is just another book of words without the Holy Spirit. It is by God’s Spirit that we are able to hear Him apply His word directly to our lives. We must allow God to speak to us while we read the Bible. Earlier this year, God impressed upon my heart to just focus on reading Ephesians. I’m still reading Ephesians (which is only 6 chapters long) and I feel that I’ve learned so much just by taking the time to read the words slowly and prayerfully.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35
Praying to God is a mysterious thing when you stop to think about it. But the longer I spend walking with the Lord, the more I’m amazed at how powerful prayer really is. Prayer is such a crucial part of our communication with God.
- Prayer allows us to hear Him and to receive all the blessings God has for us. When You are in the presence of God, He fills you supernaturally with peace, truth, wisdom, faith, courage, and the list goes on!
- Prayer is a way for us to communicate everything that is on our hearts and minds with God. I found that just by sharing my struggles and fears with God, He dissolves those fears and meets the needs of my soul during the process of prayer.
Nothing can be a substitute for spending time alone with God. Going to church and reading books about God are really helpful things to do, but they cannot sustain us on their own. Our foundation is God Himself, which means that we must know Him for ourselves. God wants to meet all of your needs and so much more, if you’ll let Him.