August 29, 2016

Quiet Time

Monday
Luke 6:12-19

Pulling away from all the noise and chaos to spend time with the Lord is critical for our spiritual health and well-being. Scripture says Jesus went out to the mountain to pray and he prayed all night. He retreated from those who demanded his attention and turned his attention to his father. Jesus had a busy day ahead. Multitudes of people needed him—his teaching, his healing, and his attention. Jesus lived busy days well because he was filled by God before the day began.

I want to challenge you to take time out of your morning to connect with God. God honors time with him every hour of the day, but I heard an illustration once that changed my perspective. Anne Graham Lotz said spending time alone with God at night is like tuning your instrument after the symphony has already been played. Sure, God will use every moment our attention is turned to him to teach, encourage and prepare us for living. But when he gets our mind’s attention in the mornings, there is even more opportunity to live our day well. I need him to get to me before the world gets to me! It doesn’t work for me every morning, but the mornings where I can meet with him are the beginnings of days I am more connected to his Spirit.

Today’s App
Set aside a time this week to meet with God. It can be 5 minutes or 30. It can be at the kitchen table with coffee or in the car on the way to work. It can be at night when the kids are asleep or it can be on your lunch break. Put a reminder on your phone and ask for someone else to hold you accountable. Begin to establish that time with God in the rhythm of your days.