Monday, September 26, 2011

Quiet Time With God

One of the best things we can do for our spiritual lives is having private devotions.  While it is important, and commanded, that we assemble together on the first day of the  week, it is also important for a private devotional time. The Bible provides us some fanstastic examples of great men of God who engaged in private devotions; Isaac meditated in the field in the evening (Genesis 24:63).  David, the man after God’s own heart,  prayed three times daily and meditated on his bed on his bed at night   (Psalm 55:17, 63:6).   Daniel’s custom was to pray 3 times daily (Daniel 6:10).
We live in a society that is filled with events which can distract us from our relationship with God.  The various daily activities which consume most of our time, make setting aside a time for private devotions to God very important. 

 I want to suggest two reasons why private devotions are a must in our spiritual lives.

1. To Draw Near To God.

We know that God is found by those who seek Him.  The important part of that statement is we must be looking for Him!  Consider what David told his son Solomon is 1 Chronicles 28:9 "And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.”

2. To Receive Spiritual Nourishment.

We require spiritual nourishment in our lives.  We cannot live on bread alone according to Matthew 4:4.  If we are going to grow spiritually that growth will come from the word of God.  “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation” (1 Peter 2:2)

Let us all strive to make a commitment to take time out of each day to feed our souls on the meat of God’s word!

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