I have written about the importance of understanding religion vs. relationship. God wants to know us intimately and build a strong, trusting, and lasting relationship with Him. God loves each one of us– we are His creation– all children of God.
When two people are in love they are intentional about spending time together. Both making sacrifices and showing discipline and love to one another. The couple needs to work together to achieve the ultimate goal of building their relationship.
This is a great example on how we should be seeking and longing for a relationship with God. He is our Heavenly Father, always near, always reliable, and knows each of us before we were in our mothers womb. (Psalm 139:13)
Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
God loves us long before we choose Him. He longs for the relationship with us and I believe that we need to exercise self-control and learn to discipline ourselves to give God the priority we so easily give to everything else in our life.
In 1 Corinthians 9 Paul uses the imagery of an athlete to illustrate spiritual discipline.
When an athlete says yes to the Olympics they say no to everything else. Rigorous control of diet and exercise is the only way to win. Dedicating each moment leading up to the ultimate goal.
This is similar to making your devotional time a priority. We should be dedicating a set amount of devotional time each day to growing in our relationship with God. When we are giving God our time and prioritizing our relationship with Him– a host of positive habits follow and we begin to see the transformation from the inside out.
A few tips to setting up an effective devotional time.
- Reserve a time to connect with God daily.
- Find a quiet, comfortable place.
- Determine how much time you will spend
- Set realistic expectations, this will help to encourage you instead of feeling like you have failed to reach an unrealistic expectation set for yourself.
- Acknowledge there is no wrong way to spend time with God. Everyone’s quiet time will look different based on other factors in life and how we prioritize the time we have.
Thank you Lord for choosing me and creating me carefully in my mothers womb. Thank you for calling me to a higher purpose and blessing me with the resources to learn about You. Lord I pray that each individual that reads this article will have a fire in their heart to seek to know You and build the intimate relationship with You that ultimately sets us free. God I pray that each person would dedicate themselves to a daily quiet, devotional time with you– to grow in our faith and our relationship with You, in Jesus mighty name I pray.