I wanted to take some time this month to encourage all of us to take time every day to examine and build on our relationship with God. This is often called “Devotional Time” or time devoted exclusively to God and to a relationship with Him.
A great way to do this is set a time every day for God; preferably the same time each day so it turns into a routine or even a really good habit. Fifteen minutes works but a half hour is probably ideal and if someone can give more than that each day take advantage of it. This time with God should really be spent alone. Try turning off the cell phone, the computer and finding a place (it can be at home or out) to be alone with God.
I highly recommend reading at least a passage of the Bible to center oneself on God. There are devotional books that can help do this or just start reading a chapter of the Bible a day (I would recommend starting at the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 2 if this is your first time reading the Bible daily.) Some like to just read from the books of Psalms or Proverbs daily as a devotion.
Then feel free to talk to God about anything. Tell Him about the good and bad things, the blessings and the trials, as well as what the future might hold in life. It might be a good idea, from the beginning, to start working with God to discern His will in life and in our church…as a relationship with God grows the clarity of His call increases in what we should think, say and do; what our role and part in His plan to offer salvation to the world through His Son Jesus Christ. This discernment conversation is carried out by the power of the Holy Spirit who connects us and brings us into relationship with God.
I pray that this time becomes not only part of a daily routine but a blessing to all of us in life. This relationship we are going to be working on is what is going to carry us through this life into the next. I have no doubt that everyone who makes a relationship with God a priority and earnestly makes the effort to instilling or renewing a devotional time in their daily life will experience the inspiration found in being and actually seeing oneself as a beloved child of God.