I heard Joyce Meyer say the other day that we shouldn’t only come to God when our lives have become a train wreck, but instead should stay in daily fellowship with Him. How many times have you thrown yourself on the altar of God, so to speak, crying your eyes out, begging Him to help you in a desperate moment? I’m sure we’ve all done it a time or two.
Yet, it’s so important to make God and your relationship with Him a vital part of your everyday life, not just in times of need. It’s like any other relationship, it takes one on one time for it to grow in depth, in trust, in love. Your Heavenly Father is waiting to spend time with you. He doesn’t want to be a last minute thought in a desperate plea. He wants to wake up with you, be with you throughout the day, and be your last thought at night.
I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night.
Psalm 63:6 NLT
Train wreck prayers are not enough to build a lasting relationship on. He will always be there for you and love you unconditionally, but He wants more… more of your time, more of your devotion, more of your heart.
If you are a parent then you know the feeling. If your kids only talk to you when they need something, it makes you feel unimportant in their lives. A phone call that says, “I’m just thinking of you” means so very much. I’ve found in my own life, the more time I spend with God (through prayer and reading His Word), the more I desire of Him.
The greatest peace ever found is in His presence,
The most fulfilling love is found in His arms,
The greatest wisdom needed is found in His counsel.
But you will never know this depth of peace, love, and wisdom until you seek Him FIRST (Matthew 6:33). To seek something is to “aim at” and “strive after.” Seeking Him is not a half-hearted attempt, it a passionate pursuit. Psalm 63:1 says, “O God, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You.” As a result of striving after Him, He will answer your prayers in the process and give you the strength to get through any challenge you are facing. It’s a win-win relationship for sure!
People that have been married for awhile can get relaxed and comfortable with each other, where they are no longer pursuing and “dating” their spouse. Often times they can get sloppy in their appearance, a little nonchalant in their tone, and lax in their affection. If not careful, the marriage can become a back-burner, when the kids, the house, and the job become more important. Communication and connection are needed to revive the lagging marriage back to life.
Well, it’s the same with God. Going to church once a week and reading a verse on your Bible app is just not enough. He wants to spend time with you. It will take discipline and commitment on your part to carve out a few minutes of your busy day for alone time with your Heavenly Father. If it’s just 15 minutes, then that’s a great start. Uninterrupted time with no distractions (phone, kids, laundry, job)...just you and God. Start out by thanking Him for all the good things He’s done in your life and for all the messes He’s gotten you out of. Once you begin to spend daily time with Him, then it will just become part of your lifestyle. You’ll get to the place, you can’t imagine not taking a few minutes to spend alone with your loving Father.
If you’ve been guilty of neglecting time with God, then make the commitment right now, no more train wreck prayers...but daily talks with God! It will be the best decision you make for your life...In His presence is FULLNESS of joy! (Psalm 16:11)