“I had heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.” Job 42:5
Good intentions. Our lives are full of them. And when it comes to finding time to spend one-on-one time with God, the proverbial “road” is paved with them. Well aware of this struggle in my own life, a scenario began to form in my mind…
What if Jesus was making an appearance in our town next month? How long would I stand in line for a ticket? What price would I pay? Would I be willing to clear my schedule?
The answer to all of these questions was easy. I’d stand in the rain for a week to hear Jesus teach from His Word. I’d even give up chocolate to have the chance to chat about the things on my mind. If this is true, why couldn’t I find time for Him in my day?
If you are experiencing a similar struggle, I’ll give you the same challenge a wise friend gave me. One day, after patiently listening to my litany of excuses for not having a daily devotional time, my friend surprised me with a simple question.
“Cyndy do you have seven minutes in your day that you could set aside to spend with God?”
“Seven minutes?” I asked. “What good is seven minutes?” Admittedly, I was a little skeptical as she laid out her plan…
- Spend the first 30 seconds asking God to quiet your heart and give you a teachable spirit.
- Spend the next four minutes reading the Bible. Read whatever you like. The Bible tells as that ALL Scripture is “God breathed” and useful for teaching and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)
- For the remaining time (2 ½ minutes) PRAY.
P – Praise God for who He is what He means to you.
R – Repent of your sins – and accept God’s forgiveness.
A- Ask God to provide what you need. Pray about the big things and the little things. One time I asked for a better attitude about laundry (I HATE laundry…) and God led me to Genesis 2:25, “They were naked and not ashamed.”
Y – Yield. This is the hardest for most of us. Allow God to order your day. Lord, THY will be done – not MY will.
Can you find seven minutes in your day to spend with God?