God-time is essential, Psalm 46:10 NASB, “Be still and know that I am God.” Let’s take the example of a married couple. Each has jobs, meaning they are separated for a good bit each day. They don’t see each other and can’t continue an extended conversation. But at the end of the day, they come home and are excited about seeing each other.
They want to see each other, be together, talk, share their day, and so forth. Their marriage dies without this vital connection. It’s the same with God-time. We want to be with our Lord, or our relationship with Him withers. Indeed, we have details throughout the day that we must take care of, but sometime during that day, we make time for quality time with our Father and our Lord, Jesus Christ.
There are many ways to spend time with our Lord, not only by prayer. Here’s a list:
- Sit quietly and consider spiritual life with Jesus.
- Read a meaningful verse or twoand contemplate them. See what is to be discovered from them that hasn’t been seen before.
- Give God all the gratitude you can give. He’s worth every bit of that.
- Talk to Him about your day. He wants to hear everything, the ups, the downs, and everything in between.
- Ask Him to help you with living.
- Ask Him to continue providing your daily needs.
- Think of others and pray for them. Ask the Father for specific benefits for them.
- Consider the church and its needs; try to recognize what you can do to fulfill them.
How is quality defined? Well, quality can be defined as the standard by which other things are measured. For example, there is time to do the dishes – I don’t know that that’s quality time. However, it doesn’t compare to our time enjoying our Lord.
The word “quality” can also mean a distinctive characteristic of someone or something. So then, spending quality time with Jesus has the characteristic of uplifting hearts, minds, and spirits.
It’s a simple thought. We must do spiritual things to enjoy a rich, spiritual life. And to do that requires time to consider life with Jesus.
We might ask ourselves, “Do I feel close to my Lord today?” We’ll quickly get that answer in our hearts, and we can know from that, that we need time with Him.
From what I read in the Scriptures, our Lord wants to have a close relationship with us and for us to be close to Him. Colossians 2:6 NASB, “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” To walk with Jesus means having our lives filled with His presence. The closeness of the heart and mind to Jesus is meaningful and essential. Everything in our life is about our life in Jesus.
Indeed, we’ll have a dry spirit meeting with the church twice weekly without spending time with our Lord each day. We don’t want a parched soul. We want robust and vibrant energy right now, John 6:35 NASB. Jesus came so that we might have an abundant life; John 10:10 NASB, meaning a close connection with Him every day.
The closeness we feel with Jesus can be a time of sublime life.