Pastor Tami Lambertson
What is the number one reason you don’t have prayer time with God? The obvious answer is time. But, there could be different reason: our overwhelming need to do it “right.” If I can’t have a “good” quiet time – you know, with prayer, meditation, Bible reading, and devotional reading – then why bother? Don’t let your overwhelming need for perfection keep you from having a meaningful relationship with God. Don’t fall into the trap of “If I can’t take the time to do it right, then I guess I won’t do it at all.
A chunk of time to spend with the Lord will never just magically happen. If you aren’t in a consistent pattern of quiet time, can I talk you into just starting with one minute? God longs to be with you and as you put some practical steps into practice, that one minute will turn in to fifteen.
HAVE A TIME
Praying first thing in the morning changes the way I respond to life’s stresses, worries, and joys for the rest of the day. But, whether you pray in the morning, at night, or during your lunch break at work, the key is to set aside the same time every day. If you’re anything like me, if you don’t plan a time, chances are it won’t happen.
You need to give God your best, and if your best is late at night, wrap up the day with the Lord before you go to sleep. If you’re a morning person, start your day off with Jesus.
HAVE A PLAN
Choose a plan that works for you. We encourage you to use the Life Journal Reading Plan, but there are thousands available at YouVersion.com.
HAVE SOME FLEXIBILITY
Be willing to listen to God’s voice when He tells you that you need to spend more time praying for a certain topic or skip over a chapter to get to something that He’s trying to teach you.
HAVE A SPOT
Having a dedicated spot to pray is important. It helps you to get in the right mindset to pray. It’s so easy to get distracted and our prayer time ends up being piecemeal through different interruptions. Find a spot that’s free from the distractions of life. Get away from everything so you can really focus.
HAVE SOME STUFF (AND A PLACE TO KEEP IT)
- A Bible
- A notebook & pen – to keep a journal of prayers and answers.
- Prayer books or devotionals
Psalm 147:11 says that the Lord delights in those who put their hope in his unfailing love. He delights. And that means a simple, heartfelt prayer – a prayer where you hand your hopes, your fears, your worries, and your cares over to God – will be delightful to Him.