Begin your time with God in prayer.
Begin your time today with praise to God. Confess any sin that might be hindering your relationship with Him. Ask God to give you spiritual understanding as you spend time in His Word.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.
Re-read Matthew 7:7. We want it to penetrate our heads and our hearts.
"And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." Mark 12:30
As we begin this Journey, we need to make time in our schedules for God. In Mark 12:30, Jesus reminds us that the most important commandment is to love God above all else. We know that He should come first, but unfortunately, for most of us, it’s a daily struggle. Sometimes we don’t want His purposes, or His ways. Other times, we are just busy, trying to get everything done. The good news is that while making time for God can be difficult for us, it’s not too hard with God’s help. Jeremiah 32:17 reminds us, “Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.” So, we need to rely on His strength to make time for the journey.
Apply God’s Word to your life.
Ask God to help you love Him above all else.
Make time in your schedule for Him.
Don’t underestimate the spiritual battle. The evil one would prefer we remain powerless rather than vessels through which God’s power is released.
Father, You are God and You deserve to have first place in my life. Forgive me for all the times that I make other things more important than You. Change my life on this journey. Help me to surrender daily to Your will and Your ways and make time to spend with You. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on.
"You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve." Luke 4:8
"And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he (Jesus) departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed." Like 1:35
"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:15
Posted on Fri, January 2, 2015
by Sam Petitfils