If there is one thing about me that you should know, it’s that I love lighting stuff on fire!
You may think it’s crazy, but I am being honest. I have lit bean bags, tires, couches, and unfortunately myself on fire. That’s a story for another time.
There is also a process to building a great fire.
You first light small twigs and sticks on fire. This is called kindling. Once they are lit, then throw bigger twigs and branches on top. Wait a couple minutes and you suddenly have a fire that is burning bright and hot!
One thing that I have learned about fires is that they are harder to start than to keep them burning. And the same is true about spending quality time with God.
David was a man in the Bible with a heart on fire for God. This is what he said about spending time with God,
“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry a weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1
David was writing this verse while he was living in a desert. David was tired. His body was longing for something that was essential to him, something he couldn't live without...more time with God.
It’s obvious that David greatly valued his time with God.
But how does that happen? How do we cultivate a desire for time with God like that?
Just like you would start a bonfire – you have to start small and start with a plan.
Here are three easy steps to help you build consistent time with God.
SET ATTAINABLE GOALS
There was a college basketball player in my fraternity that was 6’ 10”. I would always smack talk him about how I could beat him in ball any time he wanted me to.
Then came the day we played one on one. It was time to put my skills to the test.
I got my shot blocked from the 3-point line. NO ONE GETS BLOCKED FROM THE 3-POINT LINE! He was a college basketball player and I was a bench warmer. This was not a goal I could accomplish.
We have to set goals we can actually accomplish, even when we are trying to increase our time with God. We need to start small!
An attainable starting goal for spending time with God:
Spend 20-30 minutes reading the bible three times this week!
PLAN OUT YOUR TIME WITH GOD
Imagine if I went on a first date with a girl. I’d drive my truck to her house to pick her up. More than likely she’d then ask, “What are we going to do?”
Would it really show that I like the girl if I shrugged my shoulders and say, “I don’t know”? (For some of you guys that don’t know, the answer to that is no)
In the same way, we should intentionally plan our time with God, like we do with people we care about.
Here is a plan I use that helps me! Total time: 20-35 minutes.
10-15 minutes reading the bible
5-10 minutes writing about what I learned
5-10 minutes praying to apply what I learned to my life
DO IT WITH SOMEONE
“If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls down and has no one to help him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:12
It's hard to do things by yourself sometimes. The good thing is that God wants us to be pursue Him together. My friends and I in college would read the same reading plan so that we could talk about what we learned and hold each other accountable.
Pick a friend and tell them you want to read the Bible with them!
Getting consistent time with God is hard at first! You have to spark your fire with small things at first. But once you get your fire started through reading the bible and praying, your fire for God will grow and you will begin to want to spend more and more time with Him!
Commit to creating a plan and starting it this week.
He is waiting to spend time with you!
Discuss these questions with a friend or spiritual leader to help apply today's reading:
How is your time with God right now?
Which is these steps would be most helpful for you to build consistent time with God?
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