Growing deeper in our faith is a VITAL part of life because without Him we are nothing.
In the busyness of life it is easy to lose sight of Jesus, so it is important to set aside a “Quiet Time” each day to bring our hearts before Him in stillness. I encourage you to give God 1-hour of your morning when you first wake up because it will position your mind and heart on Him. In general, I believe most people desire to give God their time, but many have a difficult growing in intimacy because they either don’t know where to begin, don’t want to wake up, or get distracted after 10 minutes. Trust me, I’ve been there, and can say that sometimes it takes some structure and discipline before your quiet time devotions become a normal part of life.
My heart is to see you grow in intimacy with the Father, so I’ve put together a 1-hour outline of what your mornings with Jesus can look like.
5 minutes: FOCUS
Begin your morning with gratitude, and thank Him for how good and perfect He is. Praise will reset your mind and shift your focus toward Him.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
1 Chronicles 16:34
15 minutes: WORSHIP
Throw on some Bethel, Elevation, or Jesus Culture and Worship Him
Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
Worship can look like many things such as,
Playing an instrument
Writing Him a letter of adoration
Drawing, painting, etc.
Flag waving (For your Pentecostals)
Soaking in His presence
20 minutes: READ
Soak, breathe, and devour the word of God
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
If you are looking for a good devotional to help guide you in this area, I recommend the following:
– 100 Days in the Secret Place by Gene Edwards
– Daily Insights to Birthing the Miraculous by Heidi Baker
– When Heaven Invades Earth: 365 day devotional By Bill Johnson
20 Minutes: PRAY
Pray – Don’t whine. Pray out loud and shift your circumstances through your words. Your voice is powerful!
If you struggle with scattered thoughts or a short attention span, I’d encourage you to write a list of everything and everyone you’d like to pray for so you stay focused.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.