And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee. – Mark 1:35-37
When Jesus spent time with the Father, he made their time together a deliberate appointment. He set aside a quiet time and private place to have a lengthy conversation with God.
That commitment required time.
As a fairly busy wife, mom, writer, and home-school teacher, I value efficiency. I try to save time in all sorts of ways. And that’s good! God has asked that we redeem our time.
But I’m often tempted to set aside or cut short my devotional time for tasks that, in the moment, seem more pressing (though certainly not more important).
And that’s not good.
My heart knows that my relationship with God – just like relationships with other loved ones – requires both quality and quantity of time to stay strong. I want to be able to read a passage and digest its meaning, and I find it helpful to study alongside it my favorite commentary (David Guzik’s thoughts as shared in the Blue Letter Bible app). I feel compelled to follow every rabbit trail of thought about a topic until I feel I’ve learned as much as my brain can hold – at least for that session.
And then, I want to pray in a way that allows time for an exchange with the Lord, not just a rattled off list of quick requests.
In all, I want to spend enough time with my Father that my heart and soul feel refreshed. When I do, my body relaxes, my mood lifts, and my mind calms.
Do I always succeed? No. But I’m doing better in this area all time. I realize that the busier my day will be, the more time I need to spend in my devotions – not less.
Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. – Psalm 141:2
How do you make enough time for the Lord? I welcome your comments.