Five Ways to Establish Time with God

Building Deeper Intimacy with God

Dearest Reader,

I am gazing through the window at Lady Pear Tree as I am writing this guide-note to you. She’s flirting with Autumn and her leaves flutter in the breeze. I’m thinking of you as we Redefine the Wilderness together, living well our chronic lives.

It’s a journey with long and winding paths. Redefining the Wilderness must be grounded in our relationship with God. Otherwise, our feet will slip, and we are at risk of falling.

Last time we met, we discussed Building Intimacy with God by asking and answering three probing questions.

Is intimacy with God a priority in my life?

Am I willing to invest time? What am I willing to sacrifice in order to spend time with God?

Am I approaching the Sacred Text to get something or to see the character of God?

Let’s move to the next step: Five Ways to Establish Time with God and building deeper intimacy with Him. 

Realizing our need for God, and our fragility is enough to make intimacy with God a priority. I cannot; we cannot manage our life any other way.

I am sure it was my own stubborn need for control and independence that landed me here in the first place. God needed to grab my attention and grab it fast! Possibly, you might say the same?

What are the five ways to establish time with God?

Five Ways to Establish Time with God and to build deeper intimacy with Him are: 

  1. Have a time and place
  2. Prayer
  3. Pen, journal, and expectation
  4. A hard copy of a Bible
  5. Consistency

Have a time and place. 

Why have a time and place?

Building a habit takes time. Experts tell us it takes twenty-one days to develop a habit.

When I was running, my alarm went off at the same time every morning. If not, life, weather, lack of time, or some other distraction would interfere. It wasn’t long before my body had adjusted to the time, hardly needing an alarm.

I learned to set out proper attire, prepare the coffee maker, have a quick runner-friendly breakfast ready the night before — every night.

Establishing a routine with a time and place to meet with God in prayer and His Word requires preparation. The same location, same time, and familiar rhythms make a difference.

The hard question is, “How badly do I want intimacy with our God? What am I willing to sacrifice to have more of God?”

Prayer.

Begin the evening before asking God to wake you. He longs for us. He made us, and we are His. God wants to be with you; you are His workmanship.

From personal experience, this is one prayer God consistently answers, “Yes,” in my life! He never fails to amaze me with His nudges. And, me, I fall in love with Him more each time.

“Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” Psalms 100:3 (ESV)

Pen, journal, and expectation.

Coming to God with expectation is a posture, faithful obedience knows He will meet us in His Word. Even if, especially on the days we show up wanting to be any other place but with Him. (*Which is a reliable indicator I need a serious heart check!)

Having a pen and journal ready is being prepared to hear Him. A pen and journal help minimize distractions. You begin to develop history as you document your time with God, thus, deepening your intimacy with God.

Use a hard copy of a Bible.

With today’s technology, why an actual Bible?

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 (ESV)

The Word of God is God. It is alive, active, and effective. Essentially, when I hold my Bible in my hands, I am holding the essence of God.

A physical Bible adds context and familiarity that an app cannot.

Does that mean I don’t use the resources available on-line? No! I do, and I love them. However, nothing compares to the weight of my Bible in my hands.

I am a firm believer that learning physical locations of Scripture in my Bible has helped me with Scripture memorization and impacted the level of intimacy in my relationship with God.

Therefore, running my finger over the text in my Bible is similar to tracing a handwritten note from my Sweet Man.

Consistency.

Let’s define consistency: 

  1. a degree of density 2. steadfast adherence to the same principles or course 3. uniformity among the parts of a complex thing 4. the condition of cohering or holding together and retaining form; solidity or firmness.from dictionary.com

Consistency builds layer upon layer of familiarity with God. Daily spending time in the Word cultivates deep roots in the Word. To be deeply rooted in the things of God is to bear Kingdom fruit.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16 (ESV)

Steadfast adherence, cohering to the Word of God, retaining the Word defines your character as well. Being consistent in the Word shows our eagerness and desperate need for God. Apart from God, I am nothing.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (ESV)

Intimacy with God deepens when we consistently seek Him.

I am here to encourage you, equip you, and guide you as you redefine your wilderness. You can comment below or send a private email to tlmashburn@yahoo.com.

Your Wilderness Guide,

PS: Catch my in-depth teaching: What We Have In Common With the Disciples from Mark 8!!

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“There is no space to live well or love well, much less pursue the God who created us to be in fellowship with Him. We close the gap between what we need and what we want with more. Our spinning lives and broken hearts are empty while appearing full. We paste a smile on our face and tell anyone who asks we are okay while inside we are shattering a million different ways.” -Mornings In The Word