Living On Yesterday's Time With God
When I think back, I remember there being time I spent with God often one day, and for the next few days...nothing. I continued my walk this way finding I had a hard time spending time with God, and each time I did, I couldn't focus, I lacked desire, and I got nothing from it.
It took me a while, but I realized, it is not the amount of time you spend with God or the many bible chapters you read, anymore than filling in the blanks randomly on an SAT test. It's the quality that matters. It is the same for your time with God. The genuineness of your heart is what God looks at. An hour of head-filled prayer is nothing compared to 5 minutes of heartfelt prayer.
We, as Christians, cannot live on yesterday's time with God. Each day is a new day. God's word says His mercies are new every morning. It doesn't say 'we live in yesterday's mercies today'. God starts anew each morning so why shouldn't we?
Spending time with God doesn't need to be, and shouldn't be overkill. To lump a week of prayer into a 30 minute time with God, is like asking your boss to let you work your 40 hours in three days rather than work your normal 5 day work week. There are specific things that need done at your work that require your focus and attention each day. We cannot expect to get results from prayer and our relationship with God when we do not take the time to nurture our relationship with God daily. It works the same way with crops. A downpour once in a while will destroy crops - especially if the rest of the time there is drought. But a light consistent rain will grow them to their fullest. That is how we should treat our walk with God. Each day you wake up and God gives you breath and life. Say He skipped it one day because he just 'didn't feel like putting out the effort', or was 'too busy'? We'd die. So will our walk with God if it's treated that way.
I'm guessing from my many analogies you get the picture, and I stress them because of the importance of the subject matter.
I volunteer for a ministry online and hear a lot of people tell me how God doesn't answer their prayers and they can't feel Him. The first question I like to ask is what their prayer and bible reading life is like. That generally answers my question. Most of them are living on yesterday - or even a month ago - time with the Lord.
In order to maintain a relationship with anyone, there needs to be consistent communication between both parties. It cannot be a one sided effort. Our walk is no different. This is one main difference between biblical Christianity and other religions. Biblical Christianity is all about a genuine heart-felt relationship with God, consisting of constant communion between us and God Almighty. When we forfeit that gift of conversation with the Lord each day, we fall back into just being religious. God is not going to let the religious people into Heaven with Him. Just like He rejected the pharisees for their 'talk' and not their 'walk', He will not tolerate it with us.
The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.
But I cry to you for help, O LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you.
1 It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, 2 to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,
God waits anxiously each night for us to awake and commune with Him. Be joyful in accepting such a wonderful opportunity. It will change the day, prepare you for what lies ahead, and bring many blessings as well grow an intimate relationship between you and the living God.