Want to draw closer to the Lord? 5 ways to spend more
time with God
Article By Article By Anabelle Adams
Posted July 10, 2017
Credit: EEW MAGAZINE
You cannot afford not to spend quality time with God. It’s not optional.

Once you establish that your uninterrupted communion with the Lord is a must every day, you will
diligently fight to defend that space so you can put Him first.


If you’re ready to make your communion with God a top priority, here's how.


    #1 Silence your cellphone.
     You know how it works. You’ve got your Bible open. You’re ready to focus on the Lord and
    suddenly, your phone starts buzzing, dinging or singing (depending on your sound settings).
    Social media notifications, text messages and emails notices demand your attention, and before
    you know it, you’re distracted.

    If you’re serious about safeguarding your devotional time, silence your phone so you can hear
    God’s voice without intrusion.

    And if you’re the techy type who uses your smart phone for the Bible app, stay focused and tell
    yourself, absolutely no surfing the web or checking outside messages!
     
    #2 Make an appointment with God.
    You have appointments set for visits to the doctor, dentist and even the hair salon. So why
    leave your “God time” to chance? Make an appointment.

    Set the time of day when you’ll visit with “Dr. Jesus” and don’t let anything get in the way of that.
    Even set the reminder on your phone so you won’t forget.  Now that’s a good use of technology!
     
    #3 Tell loved ones Do Not Disturb.
    One of my good friends goes to prayer every day at 12:30. For years, she has reminded me
    not to disturb her at this time, because it’s devoted to God. If I do forget and call her during
    prayer hour, I get no answer.

    A couple years ago I began implementing her strategy and it has worked wonders in my life. I
    now have my own “do not disturb” time and you should, too.

    Though you love your family and friends, and want to be there for them, it’s okay to ask them to
    honor a certain hour of the day. If you make the request, they will respond respectfully. For
    those who insist on reaching out, or simply forget, make yourself unavailable. They’ll survive
    until prayer and study time is over. 
     
    #4 Get a handle on your schedule.
    Many people say, “I just can’t find time to read my word and pray like I should.” Too much work.
    Too many obligations. Not enough time in a day.

    But if you’re too busy to spend time with God, you’re just too busy—plain and simple. Begin
    examining your schedule and see if it’s unnecessarily cluttered. Really think about what you do
    in a day. You’ll be surprised by all the time-stealers masquerading as important tasks.

    You may even be shocked by how much time you spend searching the Internet, social
    networking, watching TV, texting, or talking on the phone. Get a handle on your schedule. 
     
    #5 Start with a 21-Day challenge.
    It’s widely believed that it takes 21 days to develop a new habit. So challenge yourself, for the
    next three weeks, to implement the strategies you have read here. It’s important that you don’t
    skip a single day.

    If you develop a habit of making God your first priority, you will grow by leaps and bounds
    spiritually and lived a more blessed life. And what better habit to develop than being with the
    Lord?

If you want to be close to God, you have to make the first step. James 4:8 says, “Come near to God
and he will come near to you…”


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