May I make a confession?
It’s hard for me to get into the presence of the Lord every day.
Let me clarify. During Sunday morning worship, I’m good. I can enter right in with the saints and praise and worship God. On a daily basis, I get my regular time of morning prayer and devotion, and I listen to my gospel music while I’m working at my desk during the day.
But spending personal, quality time with God where I enter into His presence on my own? Having a time of worship where I have intimate fellowship with the Lord? Times of prayer where I speak to God, and I hear what He has to say to me? I can’t tell you that happens on the regular. Or often.
There’s always some excuse keeping me from that kind of quality time. I have errands to run. I have to work late. I don’t like getting up early. I’m supposed to meet the girls for dinner this evening. A new show is premiering on TV that I want to watch. I have a late meeting. I’m already in the bed under the covers, I’m just now thinking about it, and it is way past my bedtime… The list goes on and on.
Looking at my pattern of behavior, only serious issues, problems, and trials get me to go to that close level of intimacy with God regularly. A major issue pops up, and suddenly I can handle a week-long fast of prayer and intercession. I need an answer on a problem like yesterday, and I find myself up at five a.m. worshipping the Lord. I have some kind of need to be met, and I can suddenly put off my favorite show for some time spent on my knees before God.
My own issues lead me to earnestly seek God’s voice. My problems push me into His presence. Funny, if I didn’t have so many problems, the Lord and I might never really have had as many times of intimacy. (Thank You, Lord, for grace!)
I can only imagine how much more blessed my daily life would be if I made it a priority to truly fellowship with the Lord daily. If I read God’s Word listening for His voice rather than just to finish a devotion… if I honestly conversed with God instead of saying a trite prayer out of habit… If I sang to the Lord in worship instead of just singing along to a song I like… How much more would my life change?
The Bible says, Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. (James 4:8 NLT)
Too many of us divide our loyalty between God and the world. If we honestly think about how much our time is spent on worldly things, we would be ashamed. (I know I am!) God wants us to come closer to Him. So much so, that He will come closer to us in return!
Can you imagine how your life would change if you moved closer to the Lord regularly? How much more would you hear? How much more would you know?
The great thing about this is we have the opportunity to find out. Each day presents an opportunity for us to grow closer to God. All He asks is that we come close to Him. We can’t just acknowledge Him. We can’t just speak of Him. We can’t just look in His direction. We have to come in close. This takes time. This takes effort. This takes intentional actions on our part.
But, judging from what He has promised us, our efforts will be greatly rewarded!
Forgive me for letting our relationship become so casual. Help me to prioritize my time with You. Show me ways that I can make time to come in close and talk with you. Open up my ears so that I can hear Your voice. Let me be sensitive to the Holy Spirit when you call for me to spend time with You. Thank you for Your grace which is always waiting for me even when I mess up. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to get closer to God! You can spend quality time with your Father on a regular basis! I rebuke every excuse, distraction, and delay that will try to hinder an intimate relationship with the Lord!
Have you been spending quality time with the Father?
Tiara Wilkinson just released her first book “Days of Purpose & Destiny” which is available on Amazon and Kindle. You can find more information at http://www.daysofpurposeanddestiny.com. Tiara also serves as the Youth Leader and on the Pastoral Care Team at Christ Worship Center in Riverdale, Illinois. Her favorite passage of the Bible is Psalm 27 which reminds us that the Lord is our strength, so we have no reason to fear anything.