Spending daily quiet time with God is very important but not every Christian know that and many are not doing it. Also many are not sure what it is and how to begin one.
Actually, if we know how crucial spending time with God is to the spiritual life and spiritual growth of a Christian; how it can greatly affects our walk with the Lord and the benefits we can deride from even a short 10 minutes waiting on God each day, surely more will make efforts to do it.
This is a daily time set apart to meet with the Lord. It's an appointment with God - a time to connect and fellowship with Him; to still our heart and listen to His voice, to bask in the warmness of His love for us and being confidence of His deep love, to love Him in return in adoration and worship.
It is also a time when we communicate with God; discussing about life problems, asking for help with regards to ones own situation or on behalf of someone else.
It might only be a ten minutes period of sitting before the Lord and reading the Word, reading a devotional article or listening attentively to a sermon.
I have known of friends who would grab a 5 to 10 minutes moment with the Lord in the morning before rushing off to work. There are others who spend the time on commute in car, bus or train communicating with God.
Or going to the office earlier before other colleagues arrive and spend that time reading a Bible passage, praying and worshipping.
Of course, time alone with God would be better if one can stay longer than that.
But whatever we do or how long we take, the quiet time is not a task or event that ends when the 10 or 30 minutes is over.
The Presence of the Lord lingers with us throughout the day; His word remains in our hearts and as we go about our day, we ponder and meditate on it and continue to communicate with Him; praising, thanking and worshipping Him in our hearts throughout the day.
Isn't going to church and worshipping and listening to the sermon on Sunday enough? Why do we need to set aside time daily to meet with the Lord? Here are some of the reasons why we need to have a daily quiet time with our God:
You will be spending time with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It's natural that you want to prepare for this appointment. Below are pointers that you can prepare yourself for this wonderful time with the Lord.
Now that the time is come and we are at the place ready to meet with God, we can be assured that God is there already waiting for us. I believe that God is even more eager and pleased to meet and fellowship with us.
After the fall of man, Genesis 3:8 said that "And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden."
I believe that this wasn't the first time Adam and Eve heard God walking in the garden. They had fellowship with God before whenever God walks in the garden. Can you imagine God looking forward to that time of fellowship with Adam and Eve in the coolness of the day, walking in the garden together and Adam showing God all the things there and discussing the affairs of the day.
So what do we do during this quiet time?
The above doesn't need to be in order. Feel free to go where the Spirit of God leads you.
Most important is to have a quiet time with God; reading the word and waiting upon Him in adoration and praise.
Who are qualified to meet with God each day?
Anyone who called upon the name of Jesus and believe in His finished work on the cross.
Jesus qualified us!
We are qualified to meet with God because Jesus qualified us and made us righteous in Him through His person and works.
No matter how we feel each day; even if we had sinned against the Lord the night or day before, we are still qualified to meet with God because God our Father does not see our wretchedness but rather He see Christ in us and have already forgiven us of our sins. We have been saved by grace.
Our salvation is a gift.
Our righteousness is a gift paid for by Jesus.
Therefore we are holy unto God. We are the righteousness of God in Christ.
God's holy of holies is opened to us regardless of how we feel or what we have done. We are righteous in God's sight and He is waiting for us to fellowship with Him. It is a gift to spend time with the holy God.
Let us open our arms wide to receive this gift of fellowship.
Let us not hid from God like Adam and Eve but rather draw close confidently knowing that our sin are forgiven and let us enjoy the walk in the garden with God.
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