Thursday, October 18, 2012


One of the first excuses that folks make, me included, is that there are just not enough hours in the day to spend time with the Lord. We have work, family, meetings, and appointments that keep us fully occupied. When I get home in the evening and have completed making supper and cleaning the kitchen, I don't know about you, but my mind is fried and my body is just flat out fatigued.

So that's it then. We have our demanding jobs, families, and human bodies and there is nothing that we can do. If we have any crumbs of time left over, then God will just have to be satisfied with that. End of discussion right? Right? ... Well, I think that our relationship with our God can be greatly enhanced even if it is not practical for us to:
  • get up an hour earlier each morning to spend a long, interrupted period on our knees,
  • spend an evening each week volunteering at our church,
  • set aside blocks of time each day for reading through our Bibles or other devotional works.
Let me make a few suggestions that can get you thinking about being more intentional with spending time in worship that work for me.
  • Spend some time in prayer when you are in the shower. Just spend some time talking and sharing with God where you can be free of demands and pressures for a few moments.
  • Get hold of a daily devotional (e.g. Our Daily Bread or a host of books available from your local library).
  • Pray regular short prayers throughout the day. Before your meals, when you go on your breaks, or when you are walking to your meetings. You don't need to spend hours on your knees in your prayer closet to have an ongoing and deep relationship with God.
  • Keep a pad and pencil next to your bed or on your desk with a list of names of folks that you would like to pray for. This helps to take some of the focus off you and your needs, it makes your prayer time for intentional, and it serves as a reminder for your prayers when see it.
Find what works for you. Also, to keep things fresh in your Christian walk, don't be afraid to mix things up from week to week.