Posted by Lisa Lewis Koster - - 4 comments

"In an ancient oriental custom, a monarch would send his messenger ahead to announce the coming of the king.  In preparation for his arrival, the king’s subjects would build a highway.  The valleys had to be filled in, and the high places had to be brought down.  The crooked places were straightened, and the stones and roots removed from the rough places.  When the highway had been prepared, the king would come."  (source unknown)

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"Prepare the way of the LORD in the wilderness; make a straight highway for our God in the desert. Every valley will be lifted up, and every mountain and hill will be leveled; the uneven ground will become smooth and the rough places, a plain."       ~ Isaiah 40:3-4

PREPARATION

Isn't it mind-boggling to think that King Jesus wants to come and spend time with you? But as we can see from the passages above, if we want this to happen it's going to take preparation on our part. If we're going to be successful in our quest to meet with the Lord through His Word and through prayer, we need to have a clear idea as to why we're doing it. If our only motivation is to check it off our spiritual to-do list, it's unlikely we'll find success. 

Why do you want to meet with the Lord? 

To know Him better? Think the way He thinks? Respond the way He responds?
To know His will for your life?
To learn to recognize His voice?
To find everything you've ever needed?

That's right - everything you've ever needed or will need can be found in Christ! 

Peace while you're in the midst of chaos.
Contentment regardless of your circumstances.
Patience that you didn't know you were capable of.
Confidence of your true value.
Refuge from this world.
And so much more!


Why do you want to meet with the Lord?  There's no right or wrong answer to this question, but clarifying why you want to spend time with Him will help you be successful. Even if you're just trying to do this because you think you should, let your motivation be to receive whatever God has for you, because He does have something for you - I guarantee it! 

Clarity of purpose will help us not only to remember our appointment with God, but to look forward to it. Our desire for the end result is what will keep us faithful on those days when we just don't feel like it.


TRY IT, YOU'LL LIKE IT

I do not have fond memories of Brussels sprouts. They were hard, bitter, and nothing I cared to eat when given a choice.  So I didn't eat them - for a long, long time.  Then recently I found a recipe for Brussels sprouts and squash. I like squash and I'm trying to eat healthy so I decided to give it a try.  Guess what?  I do like Brussels sprouts!  It turns out I'm terrible when it comes to predictions, and I'm not alone. Can you think of something you were sure you didn't like - until you tried it? Could spending time alone with the Lord every day be one of those things?

What it is you think you might lose by committing to meeting with the Lord? Yes, you read that right.  What are you afraid you will lose?

Do you dread losing precious sleep because you'd have to get up early?
Would it be a blow to your pride if you read something you didn't understand?
Do you get anxious at the thought of not completing all your tasks for the day? 
Are you afraid of failing to keep your commitment, so instead you just won't try? 
Do you fear you'll just be "wasting your time"?
Are you worried you might miss out on something "important" if you turn off your phone, TV, computer, game, etc?

Maybe you were forced into a "quiet time" as a child and don't have fond memories of it, or maybe you've never set aside time to be with the Lord before and don't see the value of it. Either way, it just might be that you're over-estimating the value of what you think you might lose and undervaluing what you will surely gain.

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." ~ 1 Corinthians 2:9

The truth is, you really won't know how valuable time with the Lord is unless you try it for yourself.  While the results aren't generally visible or immediate, they are life-changing and totally worth the time you're investing! 

Yes, you may have to get up early, but you can ask God to give you the energy you need to get through the day.

You can ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you're reading and how it applies to your life. Scripture interprets Scripture, so the more you read, the more you'll understand.

True, you may not get through your "to-do" list, but how often does that happen anyway? Have you thought of asking God to allow you to accomplish all that He has planned for you rather than following your own agenda?

Why do you want to meet with the Lord? 

What it is you think you might lose by committing to meeting with Him?

Taking the time to answer these questions for yourself will help give you a clear purpose, a way to measure your progress and recognize your accomplishments. Remember, God is not a harsh taskmaster just waiting for you to slip up, He's a loving Father who wants to spend time with you, His precious child. I guarantee you the time you spend with Him will be worth far more than whatever you have to set aside to make that happen.

Father I pray for those reading this, that You would motivate and move them to take the step of meeting with you. Give them a vision of how much better their lives will be with more of You in it and crush the lies from the enemy that are keeping them away. Lord, transform their lives as you are transforming mine, that we may resemble Your Son Jesus more and more.


*This comes from a book called "Influencer" by Grenny, Patterson, Maxfield, McMillan and Switzler,  which I'm reading because there's one person in particular I want to influence - ME!

Lisa


This post is the second of a series dedicated to help you establish setting aside time with the Lord every day. Other posts in this series are:

 1. Getting on the Right Track - Motivation

 2. Make Way for Jesus - Preparation     You are here!


 3.  Overcoming Obstacles - Press on!

  4.    Defeating Distractions - Small Change = Big Difference

 5.  Set Up for Success - Construct a Conducive Environment

 6.  Positive Peer Pressure - Growth in Groups

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4 Responses so far.

  1. great post thanks so much for sharing and stopping by my blog I'm now following you

  2. I was reminded of the old hymn, "Friendship with Jesus, Oh what joy divine, Oh what blessed sweet communion, Jesus is a friend of mine." I like how you illustrate that you once disliked Brussels sprouts, but now trying them again, you discover they are delicious. Quiet time with Jesus is like that too. Thanks for sharing at "Tell Me a Story."

  3. I think it's important to think about what you might be "losing" when you commit to pursuing Jesus. Because you will lose something, but as you gain Him, what you have lost comes to be very insignificant compared to what you've gained.

  4. lisa lynn says:

    Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope you will stop by and share again today!

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