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“I knew the importance of prayer. I knew how to pray. And I evenwanted to pray. I just didn't pray, at least with the frequency andintensity I knew I should.”
“Back and forth, in our native tongues, we talk to God. And eventhough we have no idea exactly what the other person is prayingfor, we know beyond the shadow of a doubt to whom we arepraying. As a result of talking to the One we both consider to beall powerful, all knowing, all caring, all loving and all attentive toour prayers, we walk away from the conversation sensing a closebond in Christ.”
“My genuine desire is to help Christ-followers (including me!) getoff the bench and into the game as it relates to fighting injusticein all its forms. I believe God has a role for each of us to play, ifonly we'll quiet the mind, bend the knee, and take time todiscover it. I keep a prayer journal and frequently I'll flip to theearly pages to see what I was praying for during those days aswell as how they were answered. It's always interesting to reflecton how the hand of God moved a mountain or calmed a sea onmy behalf. And in my estimation there is no taller mountain, nostormier sea raging right now than the one called injustice. ForChrist-followers who are as fired up as I am about righting thewrongs of a broken world, there is no better first step to take thanprayer.”
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Here are four tips to create more time for your devotions with God:
“Tip # 12 Get your calendar out and set an appointment with God every day for the next thirty days.
I have my time set one my calendar. I have the reminder come up which forces me to click yes (I did it), no (I did not), or I can defer it for one hour from now…
Tip # 13 Take a simple inventory of where you spend your time. How many hours do you:
work each day?
spend in exercise?
spend in leisure?
How many minutes do you spend with God?
Consider how much time you should spend with God this week. Next month, evaluate yourself again. Set a goal to spend ten percent more time with God then you did last month.
Tip # 14 Take a 3 x 5 card and add this to it:
Write this across the top. I spent ____ minutes with God today, and He taught me _______
Carry that card with you during the day. Refer to it at meals and at bedtime. If your family has a conversation at a meal, then use this card to speak about what God taught you today to reinforce it…
Tip # 15 Find a Bible study tool or short reading plan to try for one week…”
(Used by permission by John O'Malley Overcoming Your Devotional Obstacles)
Tomorrow I will share with you tips to overcome the Obstacle of Comprehension.
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Obstacle # 4: The Obstacle of Time— I want to read it, but I just do not have enough time in my day to have memorable or meaningful Devotions.
We give our time to the right things and necessary things; we surrender to our schedules and obligations…
The Psalmist said in Psalm sixty-three, he sought God early in the day…He speaks of how his vision, praise, and memories are affected when he spent time with God. He spoke of how his rest was directly to his spending time with God…
I believe it is not about wishing, wanting, having, or making enough time. It is about making a reservation in your day to meet God…
- Determine your best time of day–a time when you are not distracted by the day…
- Make an appointment with God–a time not shared with anything or anyone else…
- Reserve time for reflection–a time where you process and assimilate what you read…
- Reserve time to listen–the Bible is God's letter to us…
- Reserve time to speak with Him–at the end of your reservation with Him, share with Him your heart's difficulties and desires…
Schedule ten minutes where you will shut the world out and sit with God and listen to Him… Here are some simple guidelines:
- Read one passage of Scripture. Start with a Psalm; look for his reflection in that passage.
- As you read the verses, remember you may need to read it several times to hear HIs voice and get a sense of the message of His words.
- Pause in prayerful reflection and say, “Godm, this is what I hear in your passage. Is there more you want me to see, learn, or know?..
There is not a Biblical standard for minutes spent with HIm.
I am suggesting a ten-minute reservation with God to get you started. Then in the following weeks, as you are comfortable doing so, increase the time you reserve with Him to fifteen minutes each day…
Meet HIm early. Meet Him often. Meet Him regularly. There is no substitute with your daily reservation with God.
(Used by permission by John O'Malley (Overcoming Your Devotional Obstacles)
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Continuing from yesterday's tip # 10 of Reset yourself:
Reset your expectation of your walk with God:…The Holy Spirit impresses each reader in the way they need to hear and learn…
- Reset your expectations about the time you pray…Prayer is talking to God about what is in your heart and listening to Him speak through His Word…
- Reset your expectations about your Bible reading…Let your Bible reading be more about what you retain and live out versus how much you read and left out of your life…
Tip # 11: Fill out a 3 x 5 card and carry it with you…
- Write this statement across the top of the card and this verses below it:
I will not compare myself to others in any area of my life. It is not wise.
I don't dare to compare myself with those who praise themselves. I'm not that kind of person. They compare themselves by themselves. When they do that they, are not wise.
(2 Corinthians 10:12 NIRV))
- Turn the card over and write this statement across the top and the verse below it.
I will choose hope and praise over the noisiness of my emotions.
Any other choice will frustrate me.
My spirit, why are you so sad? Why are you so upset deep down inside me? Put your hope in God. Once again I will have reason to praise Him. He is imy Savior and my God.
(Psalm 42:5 NIRV)”
(Used by permission by John O”Malley Overcoming Your Devotional Obstacles)
Tomorrow's post will talk about overcoming the Obstacle of Time.
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