Good morning! It’s amazing how my time alone with God yesterday help me through my day. God knew exactly what I needed to walk through a difficulty! As usual, you provided everything I needed. Love you Lord. Help me to trust you more.
Luke 5:15-16 says, “Yet the news about him spread all the more, so the crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sickness. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Jesus himself needed his time alone with the Father to recharge! I want to tell you about something that has changed my life forever. Many people call it a quiet time, time alone with God or you can just call it “Sup Time.” But it is a time to dive in and dine, and fellowship with the Lord! It’s a time of refreshing and recharging.
Sup Time is a time set aside to talk to and listen to your Heavenly Father. It’s a time that you have to carve out of your busy schedule where God can have your undivided attention. He deserves that! As busy as Jesus was, as passionate as He was by His mission, as overwhelmed as He must have felt at times. He withdrew to pray. Even when it meant leaving the physical and spiritual needs of the crowd unmet. He withdrew to Sup With the Lord! Jesus knew that time alone with the Lord was essential.
Our quiet time is a basic ingredient in a maturing relationship with God. This time alone with God moves our experience as a believer out of the realm of religion and into the realm of relationship. God will speak to us through His Word in a real and personal way if we just give Him priority. You see, where there is no communication, there is no relationship. Where there is no relationship, there is no trust. And the less you trust someone, the harder it is to follow that person. How is your two-way communication with the Lord this morning?
Mark this down, a person with no Sup Time will general struggle with faith and obedience. A regular devotion time is a strong motivation to keep sin confessed and sinful habits in check. It is something that every Christian needs to be able to live out our faith!
I want to give you 3 helpful things to do to get this set up.
First, schedule time alone with God. You have to have a plan if this is going to be a part of your life. How many times do we tell our friends, “Let’s get together”, and we never do because we never set a time to meet. Personal, I love the morning and I am most attentive, and it helps me to start my day on a positive note.
Second, choose a place. Get in a habit of meeting God in the same place every day. Choose a place off the beaten path, away from the TV, children, and any other distractions. You need a place where the only thing you do there is meet with God. Create a space and make it special.
Third, use a variety of methods. Don’t ever let you time alone with God get dry. Don’t be scared to modify your routine. Add some worship tunes and just take in God’s goodness.
Imagine what would happen to an athlete if he would train and train and never eat. He would shrink up and get weaker and weaker! Our intake has to be greater than or output! Church, it’s time to pull up to God’s buffet table and dig into God Word! Feast with the King of kings. Make your time alone with the Lord a priority. It’s a must!