In our hectics daily lives , we can often overlook the most important things. For the Christian, this includes prayer and devotions. Whether bible study is done daily, or several time a week, may or may not matter. The point is this: We should invest time into our relationship with the Lord like we do into our careers, marriages, children, etc. God does not want to play second fiddle to any of these things. And when He does, one of these will suffer or we may not experience the fullness that God wants for us in those areas. Sadly, many Christians are oblivious that something is missing.
For the sake of being honest and transparent, I should admit my relationship with God and my communion time with Him has suffered tremendously over the past year. I do not long for Him; not like I should. It is helping thought to start attending a young adult fellowship called CrossRoads.
Our team leaders (I’ll simply call them Dan and Jackie) lead a discussion time on Wednesday nights. It is held in the church I grew up in and my parents still attend. I just want to say first off that I am very proud of the young people there right now. I am a little bit older than a few of them as I turn thirty this year. Most, I think are in their early twenties. However, they are more on fire for God than I think I and a lot of my peers were in our early twenties. They are truly inspiring and humbling me at the same time.
It was during this weeks meeting that Dan and Jackie reminded me of something important: the power of writing in our quiet time with the Lord. We took fifteen minutes near the end to write our own type of Psalm to the Lord. It didn’t need to be anything fancy. Just like the way David wrote in his many Psalms, we were just encouraged to be honest.
Christians have another concern to be mindful of in our devotional time. It is easy to get into a routine and just go thru the motions. That can be both good and bad. It is good because whatever your devotional habits are, they are good habits to have. Dangerous, only because sometimes it becomes a little too routine and sometimes to go deeper, we need to get our of our comfort zone.
Keeping a prayer journal is a good way of changing things up. Much like a body builder might add a new routine to his work out regimen, we need to find new ways sometimes of expressing our relationship with the Lord. If you have never tried writing out prayers or keeping a prayer journal, I encourage you in doing so. You can do it as much as you want; whenever you feel the spirit lead you to do so. Most importantly, always take the time listen.
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