Here I sit in my office with the best of intentions to spend some time in the Word and praying. First, I check my email and think, “Just one game of Spider Solitaire and then I’ll spend my time with you, God.” My computer is not a terrible thing, but it is powerful enough to pull me away from God, my Father, and I wonder why I once again fall into this trap. It’s painful and I don’t like what I see in myself when I repeatedly take this direction.
Distractions that take us away from God may not, in themselves, be bad things. But, we’re allowing stuff to fill our God time rather than soaking in His presence, His Word, and prayer with Him.
And none of us seem to have enough time anyway, so why are we squandering the time we do have?
Scripture exhorts us to, “Come near to God,” and in return, “He will come near to you.” (James 4:8a, NIV) I desire this nearness with God, but some days it’s a struggle releasing encumbrances so I can run into His arms.
Here are several steps I’ve found that will enable us to pull closer to God:
- Pray daily for the Holy Spirit to fill you. I actually ask God to fill me to overflowing; perhaps I’m greedy, but that’s what I do. Even before getting out of bed in the morning, being empowered by God’s Holy Spirit sets the tone for the day.
- Get in a routine. It doesn’t matter when you have your time with the Lord, but allot something which works for you and your schedule. Then, close up the computer and push the cell phone aside, knowing those devices will still be waiting for you after you’ve abided with the Lord who also waits for you.
- For real change, though, I also need to address the deeper heart issues. Proverbs 27:19 (NIV) tells us, “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.” My heart needs renewal in order to accomplish what I desire. Pulling away for a walk in the neighborhood, at a park, or on the beach usually provides the space I need to examine my heart and ask the Lord to reveal which areas need change.
“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2, NLT) I want that joy, and I know meditating on God’s Word and spending time in prayer with Him will provide it. Desiring His blessings, I must draw near to Him.
Father God, I ask you to enable me through your Holy Spirit to address the areas of my heart which need change so I can experience more of what you have for me. Please renew my heart and help me not postpone time with you, so I can draw closer to you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Psalm 119:11 (NIV): “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
Joshua 1:8 (NIV): “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
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