Find Time for God Daily
Edited by Becky Ferguson, Eng, Lynn
Many people go to church on Sundays and then spend the rest of the week without thinking about God or talking to Him. Many have the desire to connect with Him during the week, but blame a lack of time as the reason they don't. There are plenty of ways to find time to spend with God, but it needs to be made a priority. The time is there, but often people are choosing to do other things over spending time with God. Here is how to spend time with God daily.
- 1Take a moment when you wake up.
- 2Set your alarm for half an hour before you need to get up and take that extra time to do a morning devotional, or spend it in prayer. If you are unsure of how to begin morning devotionals, many Christian and non-Christian book stores sell books, guides and/or journals that are specifically designed as daily devotionals. If devotionals aren't for you, spend half an hour in prayer. You can even spend half an hour in the quiet, listening for God and feeling His presence. I heard a preacher say that he does that every morning; he wakes up half an hour earlier than necessary and stays in bed while being focused on the Lord. That is his time with God, and it doesn't require prayer or reading his Bible. He just spends time in God's presence and listened for His word.Wake up half an hour early to do devotionals or pray.
- 3Use the calendar on your email or in your smartphone to set alarms at certain points throughout the day that will remind you to stop and pray. Take those moments to thank God for something specific that happened that day, and/or pray for something about the day. Setting up alarms in this way means, it will be impossible to race through without thinking about God. Every few hours you will be reminded to take a moment for Him. These moments can also be beneficial for more than just a reminder of God's presence. They can be a break during the day to regroup. If you are stressed, these reminders to acknowledge God can also remind you not to stress because He is with you. In that moment, your attitude and stress levels can change drastically for the better.Set reminders during the day to pray.
- 4Instead of listening to the morning chatter of a radio talk show while driving to work, put it on mute and spend some quiet time with God. Many people have to commute 15 minutes or more to work each day, so that is the perfect time to connect with God. It can be a time of prayer, a time of listening, or a time of gratitude for God's blessings in your life. You can talk to God aloud or sit in silence to hear His voice. Doing this on the way to work will help put you in a good mood and mindset for your day ahead, and doing it on the way home will help you distress from a hard work day.Turn off the car radio.
- 5Many have great intentions at the start of the day to get a lot of things done, but often the day gets away from you and things are forgotten. In order to not miss your daily time with God, physically schedule it into your calendar as you would do for a doctor's appointment. Many of us have structured schedules each day that include work, gym, making dinner, getting kids to activities, etc., so schedule God time into your regular routine. Write down an exact time and place, and don't let anything interfere with your time with Him.Schedule time with God.
- 6When you are outside, take the time to notice how beautiful the world God created is. Look at the sky, the trees, the flowers, the sun, the moon, and the people you pass. These are incredible works of art that God made. I personally feel closest to God when I am in nature. Being on a walk or a hike reminds me of God constantly because I am always blown away at the beauty around me. Often people are rushing from one thing to the next, and fail to notice what is around them every day. Acknowledge it, enjoy it, embrace it, and you will feel God's presence.Notice the beauty of God's creation.
- 7Most of us plop down in front of the television for an hour or two before we go to bed. Or we get in bed and watch television until we fall asleep. Instead of watching the latest comedy or drama before hitting the pillow, listen to a sermon online. There are thousands of teachings from various pastors on the internet. If there is a specific speaker you enjoy, find him online and start listening to his teachings each night. This is a great way to connect with God, strengthen your relationship with Him, and learn more about Him and the Bible. There are a few other benefits to this as well. Since starting to do this a few months ago, I am sleeping better and I am waking up easier in the morning. When you go to bed focused on God, you tend to wake up focused on Him as well, and that is the perfect way to end and start each day.Before bed, listen to a sermon online.
- Be realistic when setting your goals for spending time with God. If you have a very busy schedule, don't try to commit an hour a day to devotionals or prayer. Start with 10 minutes. As you get into this daily, that time will likely expand because you will begin to crave your moments with God. Don't set yourself up for failure. It's okay to start small and have it grow.
- Choose the time of day that is best suited to your personality. For instance, if you are not a morning person and have difficulty getting out of bed in time for work each morning, don't try to do a morning devotional. Plan something at night when you are more alert.