The times we spend with God are the most important moments of our lives. Reading the Word and praying are essential disciplines every Christian should attain to. It’s how we know God. Given the importance of this time—and how busy people’s schedule can be—we must seek to maximize our time with God.
Generally, whenever I want to spend time with God is when I am usually the most distracted. And tired. It almost never fails to happen: I sit in a comfy chair, open the Bible…and I’m out cold, like a Bible-reading narcolepsy.
But really, if the time we spend with God is the one of the primary ways to know God, why wouldn’t the enemy of our souls do all he can to distract, confuse, or disrupt this time of meeting? How can we practically fight to keep this time?
Here is a short list of what has helped me:
- Schedule your time with God, daily. Some people desire to spend more time with God but fail to plan it into their schedule.
- Turn off your cellphone, computer, or anything that distracts! Take time to realize it’s not that important for you to answer that text right away.
- Turn on worship and pray in the Spirit. Worship and prayer both ascend to God as a pleasing fragrance. Here’s an instrumental worship playlist to use.
- Get a Bible-reading action plan. It’s common to want to read and study a lot of books and topics, but most rarely follow through. Desires must turn into action—and having a systematic action plan is the only way to achieve goals. Download our free Bible Reading Plan (Excel format)
- Pray-read the Word. Don’t just read the Word to increase your head-knowledge, but take time to pray what you are reading. “…knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” 1 Cor. 8:1
Take a hold of your time with God and get serious about meeting with Him to know Him and love Him. Don’t just give up when you read a chapter and feel bored. God’s not boring; it’s we who are boring. Take time to let God change your heart to love His Word.