With life’s busyness we sometimes forsake our time with God, but as Luke 5 states, no matter the multitude of people that needed Jesus, He still took the time of day to spend some alone time with God, setting Himself as an example.
“However, the report went around concerning Him all the more; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities. So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.” – Luke 5:15-16 NKJV
“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” – Mark 1:35 NKJV
Different people have their ways of spending time with God. For some, quiet time could take minutes, and for others even hours. But as long as we are putting Him first above all else, as the bible states “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 NKJV and not relying on our own strength and wisdom and acknowledging on our need for Him on our everyday.
Seeking for His answers could we get them through His word (sometimes googling ‘encouragement verses’ or ‘verses regarding my future’ to help me through discouraging times) or sometimes God speaks through other people to provide His advice through their words or wisdom. For me, it could be watching sermons on Youtube from Sadie Robertson to Pastor Francis Chan, as long as the teaching follows His Word.
Jesus has also provided us with an example of how to pray:
“So He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.” – Luke 11:2-4 NKJV
The verses could be summarized into:
1. Adoration; Praising who He is in our lives – (could be via P&W songs or acknowledging He is Alpha and Omega, Guide, Teacher, etc., depending on who He is to my own life)
2. Thankfulness; Thanking Him for what He has done, reflecting on His goodness in my life (reminiscing on the blessings He has provided me so far.)
3. Supplication; Seeking help for my needs and prayer for protection and strength to overcome future or current temptation or sins.
4. Confession; Seeking for forgiveness for our past and present sins that we are aware of (reflecting and verbalizing them, and requesting for the Holy Spirit to reveal certain unpleasing deeds we are actually unaware of and repent accordingly.)
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