How do you spend time with God every day?
You spend time with God every day by simply setting aside time within your day to be with Him in prayer, worship, and reading the Bible. Then, once you have done that, you learn how to habitually talk to Him throughout your day.
The one key to spending time with God every day is to schedule. Just as it is with anything else in life we desire to do on a consistent basis, we must schedule it within our day if we are to carry it out. (Related article: 7 Tips to Develop and Maintain a Consistent Prayer Life)
Every great man of God throughout the Bible had a set time where they would spend with God. Take the prophet Daniel and King David for example.
“And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.” (Daniel 6:10)
“Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice.” (Psalms 55:17)
Daniel and David weren’t the only ones who would pray like this. The Bible says that the apostle Peter also scheduled his time to be with the Lord three times a day.
In Acts 2:15, he prayed with the church at the third hour of the day (9 am). In Acts 3:1, “Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour” (3 pm). And in Acts 10:9, Peter went up to housetop to pray at the sixth hour of the day (noon).
Now, of course, it doesn’t really matter that these men of God prayed three times per day. Rather, the important thing to notice is that they scheduled their time to be with God on a daily basis, and they did it successfully. [Related article: How Long/Often Should Christians Pray? (Biblical Answer)]
Jesus is also a perfect example of a Man who spent time with God on a consistent basis and succeeded at it because He scheduled.
The Bible tells us in Mark 1:35 that Jesus would spend time with God very early in the morning.
“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.”
The Bible also reveals to us in the Old Testament that this was an everyday occurrence.
“The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.” (Isaiah 50:4)
The prophet Isaiah reveals in this passage that the Father woke up Jesus “morning by morning” so that they could spend time together and so Jesus could learn from Him.
So, as you can hopefully now see from these examples, the first key to spending alone time with God every day is to schedule.
The second key is to develop the habit of continually talking with God throughout your day. (Related articles: Dwelling in the Secret Place: What it is and How to do it)
The Bible is very clear that we are not only to spend time with God in the secret place, but we are also to “dwell” there (Psalms 91:1). We are not only supposed to have times of praise and thanksgiving but we are also called to give thanks in every circumstance (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
So, how do we go about doing this?
Well, first when I mention continually communing with God throughout our day I’m not meaning talking to God non-stop. What I mean is we are to talk with God throughout our day as we would with anyone else who we have a good relationship with.
A perfect example of this is spouses. Married couples spend hours with each other every day. If my wife and I spent the day together running errands but then never talked, you would think we were on the brink of a divorce, or at the very least in a strange relationship.
And you would think this for obvious reasons. A healthy relationship consistists of communication. There will be times of natural silence and there will be times of long winded conversation. This is essential to any relationship.
It is no different with God. God is with us all the time. There is no difference between Him being with you right now as you read this and Him being with you when you are in focused prayer alone. The only difference is your perception of Him.
You may perceive His presence more, and you may hear His voice a little clearer when you’re alone, but the distance between His Person and you is the same in either place.
So, as we go throughout our day doing all of our mundane tasks such as driving, dishes, laundry, showering, mowing the lawn, getting the mail, cooking, making the bed, etc. we should be talking with Him as we do these things.
Communicating our heart to Him, thanking Him for everything He has done for us and continues to do, asking Him for assistance, singing to Him in worship. Doing these things on a consistent basis during the times that don’t require much focus is an essential key to spending time with God every day.
How do you spend time with God when your busy?
Every man of God that I mentioned above were all men who had an incredibly busy schedule.
Daniel was one of the three leading Governors over the entire Empire of Babylon, and the King was even considering making Daniel leader over the entire Kingdom (Daniel 6:1-3).
Needless to say, Daniel was a very busy man.
Jesus was also extremely busy, even more so than Daniel. We see in the first chapter of Mark, the night before He woke up early to go pray He had an entire city gathered to Him so that there sick could be healed.
“At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city was gathered together at the door.” (Mark 1:32-33)
Jesus spent time with them healing all of their sick. Which must of lasted well into the night considering it was whole city of people. And yet, Jesus still woke up early the next morning to spend time with the Father in prayer (Mark 1:35).
This doesn’t even mention David who was a King over all of Israel and made a Israel a powerhouse of a nation during his time, and he still found time to spend with his God.
Or Peter who was one of the leading apostles over the entire early church, who consistently healed the sick, preached to crowds, and planted churches all throughout the early world, and he did it all while being married.
My point in sharing these examples is to communicate with you that finding the time to spend with God has nothing to do with how busy you are. I promise you each one of these men of God were probably more busy than you and me combined.
The secret to spending time with God when you are busy is to learn two things.
First, learning how to schedule your time. Find a way to spend time with God that fits into your schedule. Do you need to wake up early? Stay up late? Or break up time throughout the day? Find what works best and then do it.
And the second thing is to learn how to commune with God throughout our day on a regular basis. There will always be tasks throughout our day that don’t require much focus, so use these times to talk with God and worship Him.
How do you spend time with God when you’re alone?
Alone time with God is the foundation of a relationship with Him, and without a consistent time alone with Him it will be very difficult to talk with Him throughout the day. In fact, it will be very difficult to do anything in the Christian life without learning to spend time alone with God.
That being said, here are a few things to keep in mind when spending alone time with God.
The first thing to keep in mind is spending time alone with God is all about meeting with God. You are there for one purpose to meet with Him and get to know Him.
I know this might seem obvious, but it is very easy to fall into the trap of going through the motions that you end up forgetting why you’re there in the first place.
Another tip to keep in mind is time alone with God always consists of a few things: Praise and worship, prayer, and the reading of the scripture. You can have a set time where you do all three or you can separate worship and prayer from reading the scripture, and have it at two separate times. [Related article: Spending Time Reading the Bible (Common Questions Answered)]
It really doesn’t make a difference so as long as these activities are in your life on a daily basis.
In fact, when Jesus was asked by His disciples how they should pray He responded with a model prayer that has praise and worship in the beginning and in the end, with prayer in the center. [Related articles: How to Pray Like Jesus (For Beginners) and Prayer Life of Jesus & How to Pray like Him]
“Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:9-13)
The apostle Paul also spent a lot of his time with God in prayer and in worship. Here are few scriptures:
“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.” (Acts 16:25)
“be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:18-20)
So judging from these scriptures we can come to the conclusion that it is beneficial to come before God in praise, worship, and thanksgiving, and then have time where we pray for our needs and intercede for others we know.
If you want to know more about spending time with God you can check another article I have written on the subject titled Spending Time with God (Common Questions answered). Enjoy! Thanks for reading.
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