Spending time with God is simple, not mysterious. But the impact it can make on your life as you do it consistently is greater and deeper than any other way you can spend your time.
Spending time with God looks different for every person, but there are three things that will help us hear from God in any season.
1. The Bible
The Bible is the living, active word of God. It is how God most clearly speaks to people. Regardless of the season of life we are in, everyone can take their relationship with God to a deeper level by reading the Bible. Think of it like a letter from God to you, explaining who He is, where you came from and who He’s made you to be.
Reading the Bible every day can change the rest of your days. If you’re not sure where to start, try an online Bible reading plan or study. A journal or notebook is a great way to write down verses in the Bible that speak to your heart so you can remember them later.
Prayer is our direct connection to Jesus. Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” As we pray, we share our worries, doubts, and fears with Jesus, and we thank Him for all the good gifts in our lives. Prayer is a time to communicate honestly and sincerely with Jesus and give him honor and praise.
3. A Distraction-Free Environment
Jesus often had to leave town to get a few moments alone with His heavenly Father (Luke 5:16). Thankfully, most of us don’t have to leave town to get alone.
Whatever it takes for us to have uninterrupted time with Jesus through prayer and Bible time, take the necessary steps to do it every day. Maybe that means going to bed a few minutes early, so we can get up before the rest of the house wakes. Or maybe that means turning off the cell phones, iPads, and TVs so we can focus on what God wants to say to us as we read the Bible.
As you invest your time in these ways, we believe you will deepen your walk with God, grow in community with your brothers and sisters in Christ, and engage in God’s global mission in greater ways.
On your journey as a Jesus follower, we want to encourage you to begin by living the 5% life! (Check out the video) This involves spending 1% of your day, approximately 15 min in God Time daily.
We are convinced that if you embrace the 5% life as a starting point..the other 95% of your life will be changed forever as you abide in Christ, connect in community, and share in the mission. As we read the Bible with a sincere desire to understand and pray in a place where we can focus and listen, we’ll hear God speak to us about what’s next in our lives.