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If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. 2 Cor 5:17

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Introduction

Jesus is the source of life.  If we meet with Him we become filled with Him.  Praying and reading the Bible are at the core of this meeting.  It can seem strange that activities like this make a difference, but they do!  God is one who delights in relationship, He longs for His children to choose to spend time with Him.  


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Meeting with God every day does not just happen by accident. It comes through our choice and that choice often needs to be thought about.


Jesus met with God

Just as we need physical food each day, so we also need spiritual food each day.  This time is often called a devotional time or quiet time.  The length of time we spend and what we do can be governed by our circumstances.  A doctor working 16 hour shifts might just have time to look at a verse while taking a five minute breather.  A student on holiday might take two hours.  A young believer might find 10 minutes a struggle.  A more mature believer might find anything less than half an hour rushed.  

Here is an example of Jesus from Mark 1:35-37

  1. When did Jesus pray?
  2. What choice did Jesus make in order to have space to meet His Father?
  3. What choices would you need to make?


Mark 1:35-37 35 Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.36 Later Simon and the others went out to find him.37 When they found him, they said, "Everyone is looking for you."


Meet with God - Pray

In a meeting we usually talk with the person we meet with. In prayer we talk with God. This prayer that Jesus gave us is a starting point from which you can develop a conversation with God.


Start off with the words as they are.  As you become more comfortable then you can develop it, each phrase becoming a prompt to develop your own prayer.

  1. Who are you praying to?
  2. How does that influence the rest of how you approach God?
  3. What range of needs are presented?
  4. Do you feel comfortable asking for these?


Matthew 6:   9 Pray like this:


Meet with God - Word

When we meet with someone we listen to them. A good way to start is through reading the Bible and thinking about how it relates to your life.


Here is a simple method of reading with your spiritual senses aware.



Meet with God - a pattern

It is good to find time to meet with God every day. This sort of regularity does not just happen. It is good to think through your day and come up with a plan so that it can happen regularly.

  1. Choose a time of day that you can make a consistent pattern.  Personally I prefer the early morning because the later I leave things, the more I resent them taking away from all the ‘urgent things I have to do. The more tired I am and less able to focus.
  2. Choose a place which is conducive to quiet and reflection.  If you are surrounded by “things that need to be done” it is quite likely that you will slip into doing them.  If you choose a place with many distractions, you may well end up distracted.  If you choose bed, it is quite likely you will fall asleep.
  3. If people ask to meet you at that time, explain that you are busy then.  You don’t need to give an explanation.  Few will understand it, being busy is usually sufficient of an explanation.
  4. Have your Bible, a note book or journal and maybe any devotional book to stimulate your thoughts.  I find it helpful to have Bibles sprinkled around the various places that I like to pray.
  5. Pray for God to protect this time and place.  It seems that often something or some one comes along to interrupt.  God is faithful and is well able to protect the time if we ask Him.

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