As Christians, we desperately need to spend personal time meeting with God. Here’s why:
- We’re in a relationship with God, not a religion.
- Relationships require communication.
- To be healthy, communication must be two-way.
- We speak to God through prayer, and He speaks to us through the Bible.
Thus, we need to grow in the discipline of spending personal time communicating with God each day, praying to Him and reading the Bible. (For more about this need, listen to this sermon.)
Because of these things, personally meeting with God is essential to being a Christian. While most Christians have a sense that they should be communicating with God each day, they just don’t know what to do. They have an ought to, but not a how to. So, here’s your how to:
- General suggestions about how to meet with God each day
- Specific suggestions to help you hear from God – knowing what to read and how to understand and apply the Bible
- Apply these suggestions by spending 20 minutes each day communicating with God, both hearing from Him and talking to Him.
- In order to form a habit, make a goal to meet with God every day for the next 30 days. Print out this calendar and put it on your fridge, putting an X on every day that you spend 20 minutes in two-way communication with God. Shoot for all 30 days. Or see how long of a streak you can get. At least don’t have two blanks in a row.
As you progress over the next 30 days, don’t loose perspective. Enjoy spending time with your God, listening and speaking to Him. The goal is not checkmarks but connection. You’re not meeting with a book, but meeting with the One who made you, loves you, and sent His Son to die for you. He is ultimate, so spend time with Him, get to know Him, and let Him speak into your life.