Making Time for Jesus?
With the new school year starting, it can become really hard to find the time to read the Bible, pray, and spend time with God. With our busy schedules, it can sometimes be all too easy to lose sight of our top priority, which is growing in our relationship with Christ. Often times people find themselves drifting away from God and losing their relationship with Him. Just like any other relationship, we need to spend time with Jesus. Sometimes it seems like just because we can’t see God, it’s really easy to just go on with your life as if He is not a part of it. It’s really important to fight that feeling, and to choose to make time for prayer and studying God’s word. Thankfully, we serve a God who is merciful and forgiving and will always welcome us with open arms, even if we sometimes forget Him.
People often start to make excuses and say that they will just push it off until later, but sometimes later becomes never. It is completely possible to overcome this and form better habits. A good place to start is to say a quick prayer and ask God to give you the strength and the willpower to deliberately choose to spend more time in worship.
Something that can be helpful is downloading some Bible study apps that make it easier or more convenient. If you’re not sure where to start, you can download the Youversion Bible app and you will see the verse of the day every time you open the app. You can read the verse of the day and then read the entire chapter that verse is from. Reflecting on that chapter and trying to understand how it can be applied to your life is always useful.
Another idea is a prayer journal. Basically all you have to do is get a journal (or use an app) and make a commitment to write in it everyday. If you skip a day, don’t feel bad, just ask God to give you the strength to keep going. It doesn’t have to be really long or detailed and it doesn’t have to be perfect, all you need to do is write out your prayers to God and talk to Him about what you’re feeling, what’s going on in your life is write now, and the things you would like to lift up to Him in prayer. Record your prayer requests and praises. It can be amazing to go back and look at previous prayer journal entries, and see how much has changed and how God has been working in your life. Sometimes writing things down makes them feel more real and it will help you to remember that your prayers are real and they matter, and God definitely does listen and answer.
It’s also a good idea to consider the example that Jesus set when he lived here on earth. There are several verses in scripture that tell us about the faithfulness of Jesus and his consistency in prayer and worship. Jesus set the perfect example of how humans should live, and as Christians we should always strive towards following that example.
Jesus is truly the best friend we could ever ask for, and more than worthy of our time and conversation. He loves to hear from us and to see us studying the Word of God. Not only that, but cutting time out for prayer and devotional reading benefits us and helps us not to lose sight of the big picture, and to have a firm foundation to base our life and choices on.
How do you make time for Jesus in your everyday life? Share in a comment below.
“And Jesus withdrew himself into the wilderness and prayed.” Luke 5:16
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
Posted on September 3, 2014, in Spiritual Life, Top Stories and tagged answer, balance, Bible, busy, Christ, Devotional, Example, God, Holy, important, Jesus, john, journal, listen, love, mark, Matthew, merciful, praise, Prayer, priority, questions, reading, requests, Schedule, scripture, the gospel, time, verses, worship. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.