Intentional Time with God

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35).

Don’t miss this: Jesus made it a habit to spend time with God.

Jesus, the Son of God, made it a habit to set aside time every day to get alone with God.

Jesus did this because he was not just the Son of God, but he was fully human. The human part of him needed a daily reminder of who he was and who his Father was.

Life has a way of getting in the way of our view of the Father. It’s astonishing how the circumstances of life have a way of blocking the view of the Father. And when we lose sight of the Father, we begin forgetting why we exist. When we lose sight of the Father, circumstances of life take on a life of its own while the promises of God dim.

Because Jesus was fully human, Jesus made it a habit to set aside time to get alone with God.

Pastor Craig Groeschel says, “We are often weak because we haven’t connected with what makes us strong.”

This is true when it comes to our bodies. The longer we are stagnant, the weaker our bodies become. Our bodies need to work out in order to be strong.

This is true when it comes to our brains. When our brains are not stretched with new thoughts and ideas, they slow down. The latest brain research proves no matter how old someone is, as long as we keep working out our brains they never stop making new brain cells and new connections. Our brains will keep growing as long as we work them out.

What is true of our bodies and our brains is even more true of our faith. We need to work out our faith. We need to make time in the gym of God through the study of God’s word, prayer, regular worship, and regular service an intentional part of our lives. When we stay connected with the things that make us strong, we grow stronger.

Jesus spent time with God. Be like Jesus. Be intentional about your time with God.

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