If we hit our knees, the Holy Spirit will do the heavy lifting. If we hit our knees, the Holy Spirit will reveal things that can only be discovered in the presence of God. If we hit our knees, the Holy Spirit will give us God-ideas for our ministry, family, business — for our lives.
Mark Batterson, Draw the Circle
God has been doing a work in my life recently in the area of prayer. The point of today’s reading in Draw the Circle was focused on the importance of “getting into the presence of the Lord.” As Christians, most would probably agree that spending time alone with God is one of the most important disciplines of the Christian life. However, the longer I have walked with Jesus, the more I understand how much I have to learn and how much growth I need in the area of time alone with God.
Bob Warren, one of the two men who originally discipled me as a new Christian, had a saying that I can still hear ringing in my ears. “You must be willing to give God time enough, that He might teach you enough, that you might know enough, that you might trust Him enough to let Him live His life through you.” That whole process begins with giving God time. Time is in short supply for many of us due to our busy lives and schedules. If we are not intentional, we can look up and find that busyness has prevented us from truly spending time with God, the author of life.
Several years ago I began the practice of reading through the entire Bible each year by reading a designated passage of scripture each day. One Year Bibles and other reading plans provide a great plan for you to read the entirety of God’s word. There is tremendous value to reading God’s Word. However, if we are not careful, this practice can quickly become a “box checking” discipline. I have found that many times I have spent the 15-20 minutes necessary to read the designated passage for the day and walked away having never really spent time with my Heavenly Father.
God in His gracious patience with me, has been revealing to me the importance of coming into His presence with no agenda. Reading plans are great, and devotionals can be used of God to greatly impact our lives. However, if you have never set time aside to just be with Him in prayer and worship, you are missing the greatest blessing available to us as followers of Christ. It is in these moments where we truly meet with Him, hear from Him, and rest.
My charge today is not intended to drive you to abandon your Bible reading plan or favorite devotional. My charge is to hopefully draw you heart and mind to a place of desiring time with Jesus. I truly believe when we spend time alone with Jesus, our lives will be radically different and empowered to fulfill all of His perfect will that He reveals.
Rest in Jesus,