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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!
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.
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.
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