Top 10 Ways to Not Space-Out in Your Quiet-Time

Kings DevosIt was said of George Whitefield, that he woke-up every morning at 4:00am for personal prayer-time. As 10:00pm approached he would say to everyone in his home, “Come, gentleman, it’s time for all good folks to be at home.” Doesn’t that sound a little rude? Why would he say something like that? Because if he stays up too late he wouldn’t be able to wake up early to seek God, (nor would he have been a fire brand to kindle The Great Awakening). According to Deuteronomy 4:24…

God is a “jealous God”.

And if He’s jealous to have your heart, then you and I ought to be jealous about guarding that time, and not letting anyone, (or anything), steal that time with our First Love, who’s name is, Jesus.

Below are some points that I’ve developed for an effective Prayer-Time/Quiet-Time. Avoid the tendency to check e-mail, or Facebook, etc. Get a plan and watch how much your relationship with God will grow.

1. Make a “Prayer Time” CD.

2. Plan ahead & find a “Prayer Closet” where you can be alone.

3. Know in advance where you’re going to read in the Word.

4. Get a Prayer Journal and write down what the Holy Spirit is giving you.

5. Use Rhema Cards to get your prayer time started with faith.

6. Then move into a time of Thanksgiving.

7. Lift your hands in praise & adoration to the Lord.

8. Then begin to pray The Lord’s Prayer.

9. Avoid sleepiness by pacing & praying.

10. Take the last 5 minutes of your Quiet Time to thank, worship, and praise God.

Do have struggles in your Quiet-Time, or secrets that have helped you? Leave a comment below.

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The Sick Jesus [poem]

The Sick Jesus

My Jesus, why are you sick?
“You’re doing well,
But have doused thy wick.”

But Lord, why is your stomach so upset?
I mean Lord, there’s nothing I regret

Sick, Lord? Maybe it’s something you ate
The cookies at our Church are really great!

The praises, the prayers
What could be wrong?
“My son, the song in your heart
has not yet been sung…

Some think I’m demanding
Waiting with a stick
But shallowness to My love
Is what makes me sick”

Sing your song
And run in the race
Declare it the world
Right to its face!

[ by: Robb Gorringe ]

Building a Devotional Refuge

Imagine yourself on an extended vacation. I mean, this is your ideal vacation. What would your hotel, hacienda, or luxury resort look like? This is going to be your special refuge, just for you. For me I’m imagining a real simple beach bungalow, where the roof is lined with palm branches, hammock hanging between two palm trees, simple bed, lots of windows, and a desk on the side so I can read. You get the idea. You want to go there right now, don’t you? Well, in the same way we need a spiritual refuge. Interestingly enough this “spiritual refuge” is something that is very easy to build. You might be thinking, “yeah, right. I hardly even pray that much.” I believe these four simple steps will open a Pandora’s Box, if you will, to new relationship with God.

1. COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT YOU NEED A REFUGE.
• For some this is very simple. Life is pulling them down, they feel off-centered, and they are ready to re-engage their spiritual-life. For others… they’re running on steam, and pretty soon they’re going to burn-out.

2. CREATE YOUR IDEAL REFUGE
• Jesus spoke of going into your “prayer closet”.

“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” [Matt. 6:6 NKJV].

• My personal “Refuge”, where I get alone with God, is usually in my office. There’s several things I have there: My Bible, favorite internet worship radio station or special playlist in iTunes of worship music, Journal and pen where I can write down things the Holy Spirit puts in my heart.

3. SCHEDULE TIME TO GO TO YOUR REFUGE
• This is where a lot of us miss it. We’ve got 3 or 4 Bibles, and our iPods are filled, but we somehow find it difficult to actually go to our special place to pray.
• You might say, “Yeah, sounds like a good idea, but I just don’t have time!” Could it be that you aren’t making time? We always have time for what’s important, whether it doing your nails, or watching your favorite TV show. It’s a matter of priorities. When you begin to see the amazing results of going to your Refuge you’ll want to go there more and more!

It Smells Good! Or does it?

Sometimes we don’t realize how our lives appear before the Living God. What does He require? What does He want?

Daily Bible reading: Leviticus 1-8

SCRIPTURE

And he shall bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests: and he shall take therefrom his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the LORD. [Lev. 2:2]. “…he shall put no oil upon it, neither shall he put any frankincense thereon: for it is a sin offering.” [Lev. 5:11]

OBSERVATION
These two Scriptures so intrigued me. The first Scripture is actually speaking of the Meat Offering. God says, “put some oil on it and some of that frankincense on it, that I like!” But did God change His mind about the next offering? “What God? No oil or frankincense on this one? What’s wrong?” But the Scripture is clear. It was a Sin Offering. The first one was a “sweet savor unto the Lord”. It was a freewill offering. But the Sin Offering? God says, “Naw, your offering sticks to me! Sure I’ll accept it and cleanse your sin, but there’s nothing sweet about it!”

APPLICATION
I began to think how that my praise and worship must be a little like the Meat Offering – I don’t have to do it, but I give Him a Praise Offering, and God says, “Oh, that smells wonderful! Oh, I like it, I like it!!” But when I sin? I come and offer my sin up to God – asking Him to forgive me. Sure, it’s still a sacrifice, and God will accept it, but to Him – SIN STINKS! How I long to bring something to God that He enjoys. Not just my sin. He deserves something better than that.

PRAYER
“O Lord, forgive me for the many times I’ve simply given You a Sin Offering, and neglected to give you a Thank Offering, or a Praise Offering. You are worthy of so much more. Let my life be a fragrant aroma to You, and not a stench that You merely put up with. Today I give You everything, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.”