Why is it such a battle to spend daily time with the Lord in His Word and prayer? As the day speeds out of control, we shame ourselves and believe we are getting what we deserve because we didn’t make time for the Lord first thing. How do we overcome the struggle to guard our time with the Lord and roll out of bed on those oh so stay in the bed mornings?
“Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid themselves from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. So the LORD God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 2:6-9
Why is it such a battle to spend daily time with the Lord in His Word and prayer? It all goes back to the garden. Our desire and love for time with the Lord fell when Adam and Eve chose to walk in disobedience to God’s Word. Before their choice to leave their right relationship with God, they enjoyed intimacy with God, naked and unashamed. When Adam and Eve decided it would be better for them to take of the tree of good and evil, they chose to forfeit the genuine intimacy they enjoyed with God and with one another. Thus, the battle for this true intimacy rages.
But before we blame it all on Adam and Eve, let us not look too far away to see we fall into the same traps. We hide in our to-do lists, responsibilities, doing things for the Lord and think we will find fulfillment. Once our eyes are open, and we discover that what we are doing isn’t drawing us deeper into intimacy with the Lord, shame and guilt wash over us. Oh, but our God is a loving and faithful God. Even in our guilt and shame, we hear His still, small, tender voice cry out in the fog, “Where are you?”
At His voice, our free will continues to have a choice. Will we remain hidden under all our false intimate ideas or will we step out in faith believing true intimacy if found in time with our Lord and Savior? His ways are not our ways nor are His thoughts our thoughts. Therefore, we must seek Him, confess that our ways and thoughts are not like His and ask Him to give us the desire to spend time with Him. As we continue throughout the day and as we lay our heads down at night, we can ask the Lord to wake us in the morning with thoughts of Him.
Technology can also lend itself to helping us spend time with the Lord. Recently, I came across the app, Habit List. It is a simple way to track anything you desire to make a regular habit in your life. Using it is a great, fun way to be reminded to spend time with the Lord every day. While some might think this legalistic or too technical, it does help establish habits we long to be found in our lives. Other simple everyday items we can use in our pursuit of spending daily time with the Lord include our coffee pots. For more information about how this simple appliance can help aid you visit: How God Uses Coffee To Beckon Us.
The pear trees are in full bloom in our backyard. As I look on with awe at the abundant blossoms this year, they remind me of how long it has taken to get to this point. Before that point, the trees grew and stood bare for five years before producing their first blossom. We fed, watered, and protected them from freezes when needed. Then, when we almost gave up hope and were ready to dig them up, the first blossom appeared. The trees remind me of the parallels to our time with the Lord. Even in the midst of the winter and when our time with Him seems sparse, we must continue to press in when we hear God’s voice call out, “Where are you?”
Father, God, forgive us for not making time with you a priority. Forgive us for hiding behind things that prevent true intimacy with You. We ask that You feed our souls through time spent in Your Word and may You bring to fruition the blossoms that will bear much fruit in our lives to bring glory to You alone. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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