Spending time with God

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“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”

Jeremiah 29:13 NLT

Jesus has called us to the prayer closet. We need that time alone with him in prayer. But maybe you are saying, “I just don’t know what to say. I’ve heard other people pray these beautiful prayers and I can’t do that. I don’t know how to pray.”

“Let me borrow from a popular athletic slogan: ‘Just do it.’ Really! The only way you will learn to pray is by praying.”

God is not looking for religious words. He doesn’t care when you pray or what time you pray or how long you pray. He doesn’t care if you sit, kneel, or stand. He doesn’t care if you stay still or walk as you pray. He doesn’t care if you say everything just right. Read today’s scripture. What does he care about? He wants you to look for him wholeheartedly. It’s your heart, your attitude, he cares about.

Consider this …

God does not want us to make a ritual and pray at a certain time in a certain place because we feel we have to. How would you feel if someone you care about says, “Well, I’m here to spend this time with you because I said I would. Let’s see, it’s 7:16 now and I said I’d be here for 30 minutes, so I’ll be here until 7:46.” You wouldn’t feel the person cared much, would you?

God wants us to spend time alone with him in our prayer closet because we want to be with him! We want to tell him how much we love him and thank him for all he does. We want to let him speak to us. We want to tell him what kind of day we’ve had. We want to ask for his help and guidance. That’s what he cares about.

So don’t worry about finding the perfect place, the perfect posture, the perfect words. Just come to him with a loving and humble heart.

Prayer

Father, sometimes I’ve avoided any regular prayer time with you because I didn’t know how. But now I realize it’s not what I do or say . . . it’s a matter of looking for you wholeheartedly. Thank you for your promise that if I do that, I will find you. In Jesus’ name.

 

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