7 Simple Steps to Spending Time With God

by Tereciah on September 17, 2013

 

spending time with god

7 Simple Steps to Spending Time With God

by Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

When was the last time you just sat in a quiet place and let your mind drift…on God?  When was the last time you disconnected anything that connected you to the outside world and spent time reading God’s word and meditating on it?

Yes, we can get very busy in a world where everything seems to be instant.  We find ourselves wanting peace but not sure how to go about finding it with all the intrusions coming at us.

If you’re in a place where you are seeking and searching for answers; needing direction and guidance, and you need God to help you, then it’s time for you to be still.

God cannot tell you what you need to know and what He desires to reveal to you with all the noise coming to you from all over.  He will not compete for your attention.  If you want it and Him bad enough, you will have to seek Him.

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13 KJV

How do you seek God?

  1. Intent:  Determine in your heart and mind that you are going to spend time with Him and then purposefully set a day, time or season to do so.
  2. Remove Distractions: Turn off all electronics.  Tell your family and friends you will be unavailable for however long it will take.  If you work your social media pages professionally, post updates the day before using tools such as Hootsuite which will post your updates on a particular time and day for you.
  3. What is Your Need? Determine what you are seeking God for?  Do you need direction?  Do you need healing? Do you just miss Him and want to fellowship with Him?  Do you need an answer or a confirmation?  What do you need from Him?
  4. Worship Him:  Tell Him how awesome and wonderful and great He is.  Maybe sing a song, or two, get a praise dance on.  Even if you don’t feel like it, do it.  How can you say you are going into His presence seeking something but don’t acknowledge Him for who He is.  It’s called respect and it gets you into the mood for being with Him.
  5. Read Scripture:  Whatever you are going to Him for, read scripture that pertains to that issue.  If He’s asking you to lead and you don’t know how or what it takes to lead others, read about Moses, or David, or Solomon.  Mediate on it – in other words, think about it from different angles. God’s word has many dimensions.  It’s always more than what meets the eye.  Ask Him questions if you don’t understand what the writer was saying.  Talk to Him, just like you would a friend.
  6. Pray:  Use the scriptures to pray a prayer back to God.  Can’t remember where the scriptures are located or what exactly they say, then get your Bible, open it and use it as a source as you pray.  Yes, you can pray with your eyes open.  No, your prayers don’t have to be fancy and spiritual.  Yes, you can literally read your prayers using the Bible; just remember to personalize the prayer for your need.
  7. Listen:  Take the time to just be quiet and listen.  Keep your spiritual eyes and ears open to a response from God.  His response may or may not come right then, that day or even that week, but it doesn’t mean He doesn’t hear you. Don’t become discouraged.  He may want you to seek Him some more, maybe once isn’t enough.

Remember, if it’s been a while since you’ve been in His presence then He probably wants to give you more than a quick fix. He wants to be with you.   Think about when you haven’t seen someone you miss in a long time. You want more than just a couple minutes or hours, you want days, right?  You miss them!  So it is with God.  He misses you.

All this can be done while nature walking, sitting at a lake or beach, in your bedroom, at your place of employment while sitting in your car; wherever!

When you get what you are seeking, journal your experience and how it made you feel, the answers you received and what it did for you spiritually.  It’s a great way for you to go back and remind yourself of God working in your life.

Don’t forget, just “be still and know that [He] is God.”

Be Blessed!

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