Making Time to Commune with God a Non-negotiable 33


PRAYER

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“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)

The time was 4:57 AM. The text read, “Why??? Are you awake so early on your day off???” I had shot off the first text of the day to a friend, who was traveling…to say good morning and to let her know that I was praying for her safety, and that she would have a prosperous adventure. So the aforementioned text was a reply to mine.

Here is how I responded to her questions, verbatim:

“My devotion time is non-negotiable…but the bed is holding me a warm spot for when I return…LOL”

I cannot convey in mere words how proud I am of that response. Oh my…I am a Christian. Am I supposed to admit pride? Perhaps I will ponder that thought some other time. But for now…I am taking the liberty to admit it in this situation. Not to boast though…only to express my excitement about the fact that…I finally get it!

Get what?

Answer…Finally, I know the value of communing with God consistently, frequently, and intentionally. After all, He is the One who orders the steps of the righteous and marks the course for the future. So wouldn’t you agree that it makes perfect sense to check in often to know what your next move should be…concerning everything?

Sure…The cares of life and the busy-ness of your days will be the biggest competitors up against your devotion time. But do not…I repeat…DO NOT allow such distractions to determine whether you connect with our Heavenly Father every single day. The wise pursue a consistent life of fellowship with Him…and are rewarded for their persistence!

 

“…He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6b (NKJV)

 

In case you are wondering…I was not always in this place of stability concerning my relationship with God. Just about a year and a half ago, I wrote in my journal expressing to God how sorry I was for falling off track with Him…AGAIN. There was something different about my plea this particular time though. This time…I felt like my life depended on seeking Him. This time I felt like my ministry depended on seeking Him. This time I felt like EVERYTHING depended on seeking Him…DAILY!

 

I wrote the following words on my Facebook page just a few months ago:

“I DID IT!!! 1 year ago today, I was moving past another prayer slump. I decided in prayer that day…that I would become more INTENTIONAL about my time with God…that every day I would have uninterrupted quality time with Him. Notice I said ‘quality,’ meaning not showing up just to say I showed up. Also, it was no longer enough to just be able to say ‘oh…I talk to God all throughout my day.’ I do that anyway…but I was now determined to have a time set aside…just to commune with Him daily. I can remember chatting with a couple from church about this a few months into it while we were wrapping up our Champion Life Group series. That night, with the two of them as my witnesses, I challenged myself to one solid year of this. And oh what an amazing year this has been! Over this past year, the voice of God has become crystal clear to me. I do not get a chance to question it, as He hurriedly sends confirmations to what I write in my journal each day… What an honor it is to spend time with Him daily. I think I will just keep it goin’…”

Before challenging myself to “at least” one solid year of setting aside a time for devotions early in the mornings, I was not 100 percent convinced that I could or would keep this commitment. But my desperation and determination to go deeper with God was enough for me to try. This, by far, has been one of my greatest decisions.

I live by Matthew 6:33 (NIV), which states: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

 

My time is early in the morning…at the top of my day. I choose this time because I want to ensure that I get it in. First thing in the morning helps me to be focused and tuned in. Plus, connecting with Him in the morning tends to mark my course and set the tone for my day.

 

That being said…You choose a time that works best for you and then stick with it! Once you have set aside a predetermined time…

Be committed to it! If you show up everyday…so will He.

Be intentional about it! Make connecting with Him a priority, not an obligation.

Be present! Don’t just show up…BE there…BE available. HE wants to commune with YOU too.

 

Side note: As for my bed that was holding a warm spot for me…it was vacant all day. Getting into the presence of God usually gets me a little too fired up to just lay back down. You just read the results of my decision to keep that fire lit! May your day be A-Mazing!

Lord, may I intentionally make you a priority every single day! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

~Yolanda

If you enjoyed today’s blog, you will likely enjoy the daily devotions Yolanda writes on her Facebook Page, Speak 2 My Heart by Yolanda. Like the page to have them delivered to your timeline when they are posted.

Linking Up With:

#RaRaLinkUp – http://purposefulfaith.com/

Still Saturday – http://sandraheskaking.com/2015/03/one-word-less-for-lent-2015-25-still-saturday/

Spiritual Sunday – http://www.spiritualsundays.com/


About Yolanda Perry

Yolanda is a devoted follower of Christ. As an author and speaker, she seeks out opportunities to spread the Gospel. Her personal mission is…
To Communicate & Demonstrate Unshakable Faith!

She is the proud mother of three and has one grandson, whom she adores. Her bonus family member is her spoiled rotten long haired chihuahau, Pennie.


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33 thoughts on “Making Time to Commune with God a Non-negotiable

  • Kim Stewart

    Yolanda, what great inspiration you are to be intentional with our time with God. I am such a slacker at that! Thanks for being such a cheerleader of faith #raralinkup Have a great day today!!!! Kim

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Kim…There are times that many exciting things in life are competing with my time with God. And then I stop to remember that when I put Him first…He always has a way of craftily making all else flow!

  • Tai East

    Truly GREAT word for today, Yolanda! So often “life” can distract us from that vital quality time that we so desperately need with GOD everyday. But like you, I have learned that I simply can’t live without it. It’s my first priority of the day. Thank you for sharing this, my Sister! Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

    #RaRaLinkup 😉

  • Gayl

    Yolanda, I love this! I have been trying to be more intentional about spending quality time with God in prayer and reading His word. Like you, I do pray throughout the day, but I am wanting to take longer times to pray, to connect with God and to intercede for family and friends. May God bless you as you continue following Him. Thank you for your encouraging words!

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Gayl…The hardest thing was picking a time that works. At night, I am exhausted and cannot focused. So at the top of my day has proven to be best! So brainstorm the best time to meet with Him and JUST DO IT my Friend! 🙂

      • Gayl

        Thank you, Yolanda! I will do it. 🙂 My husband and I have actually started using a one page collection of prayers and Scripture from the Book of Common Prayer. We use it at breakfast, lunch, supper and before bed. There is a separate page for each time. We just started it yesterday and missed the last one, but we hope to make this a daily habit. Thanks for your encouragement!

  • Christine Duncan

    I love, I love this. Be committed, intentional, present… a friend of mine once said “it’s called seeking His face, and not just His hand…” and it’s true. A prayer life, a set aside time for being daily set apart… wow does it flood your day with all things Him! Without selfish motive, without expectations based on what we can get, just a longing for Him.
    And as we grow the appetite, we stay hungry.
    Visiting from the #RaRaLinkup, and having a blast with all these beautiful soul warriors, Yolanda, yourself included 🙂

  • Kristi

    He orders our steps…oh yes, indeed! I’ve been the recipient of texts similar to yours, several times. They are powerful and a precious touch of God. Keep pressing in, Yolanda. Your post was good. #RaRaLinkup ~ go Jesus!

  • Stephanie Tisby

    Girl I really enjoyed this message! You have such a beautiful gift of writing bit I know you have several others. God’s Word says your gift will make room for you, and I definitely can see it:) This blog reminds me that I need to slow down, and spend some time in His presence. There is fullness of joy in His presence. Praise God !! AWESOME job,girl !!!

  • Ruth Clemence

    I love this Yolanda – cheering you on as you continue to be intentionally in the presence of the Lord! I love how your humour and the insight in your writing! God bless, friend 🙂

  • Kelly Balarie

    Yolanda, you call us deeper, you equip us with truth. I happen to love Mt. 6:33 because when we follow by that all falls into place. We can rest easy. Thank you for reminding us where our source of power comes from. I love your heart! Your biggest Cheerleader, Kelly from Purposeful Faith. Love you Yolanda!

  • Dolly@Soulstops

    Yolanda,

    I read your words with delight and agreement. This: “Plus, connecting with Him in the morning tends to mark my course and set the tone for my day.” I have really seen this to be true in my own life. I noticed you wrote about your determination and desperation…I can relate 🙂 It is what makes me look back and appreciate the hard times because I learned how much I really do need God during those times.

    Praying you continue to seek His face daily in prayer,
    Dolly

  • Tania Vaughan

    Oh how I love this challenge – I am at that point where I have said for so long “but I talk to him all though the day” and yet, I know something is missing and it is that intentional quality time. I am ready to make that commitment – thank you for your encouragement 🙂

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Just set it…and do it Tania! You will not regret making that commitment. Look, even if you have to start with as small as 5 minutes that you devote to Him and grow from there! 🙂

  • Eyvonne Lofgren

    Yolanda…
    You are such an encouragement and inspiration to me. I cant thank you enough for the words you share with us from God. I am going to do this, I’m going to be intentional in my time with God. I have never done this before and I’m so excited. God bless you in all you do.
    Love you

  • Sharita

    Yes on all of the above, Yolanda! Thank you for your transparency. I have to admit, I have been doing consistent quiet time with him for over 5 years… But many times I was just showing in body, but not spirit. Then I had a baby and whoa-mama… Getting rebalanced after THAT was a whole different ball of wax. I yearned for time with Jesus, but quiet was not so much.

    THEN… A few months ago, God gave me the idea of a prayer closet. So I cleaned out my master bedroom closet and made some space for just Jesus and I. Every morning, I wake up early to spend time with Him BEFORE my role of mama-hood begins. Not perfect– but I am getting there.

    Thanks so much for sharing this at #EverdayJesus!

  • Mary Dolan Flaherty

    funny thing about actually getting up…once you do it, it’s not so bad. I admire your dedication, Yolanda. I’ve tried to get up early and have devotional time, but by 10:00, it’s a distant memory and by 3:00, I forget I even had it. Night time works better for me. That’s what’s so great about grace!

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      That’s awesome Mary! It doesn’t matter when, as long as we have some uninterrupted time for Him. Plus, your night is early in the morning in some part of the world. 🙂 God is not picky…he just wants to be included. 🙂

  • Hazel I Moon

    Intentional time with God is important. Your friend was thankful for your text message about you praying for her. I am slip shod at times, taking time to pray while doing other things. I am getting better to steal away and stop everything else. 🙂 You are a close neighbor at Spiritual Sundays.

  • stephanie

    I really needed to hear that. I have been so pre-occupied with everything thats going on in my life that i haven’t even picked up my bible this week (terrible, i know). My prayers have even been quick and repetitious; thank you for this much needed reminder that God must come before everything.