Getting to Know God
Think about the answers to the following questions about your closest friend:
What’s their favorite color?
Who’s their favorite artist or band?
How many times have they been to the principal’s office?
Have you ever stopped to wonder why you know so much about the people in your life who’re important to you? The reason is you’ve made it a priority to spend time with those people. In short, time = knowledge.
The same is true when it comes to your relationship with God. You’ll know Him better as you spend time talking with Him. When you do, He’ll reveal Himself to you in ways He never has before. And the more time you spend investing in your relationship with God, your relationship with Him will become more important to you.
Look at what Mark 11:24 (MSG) says: That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything.
Mark 11:24 says it all: Embrace a life of prayer with God, and God will give you everything.
Here are 5 things to consider to help you carve our time with God:
Prayer can happen anytime, anywhere. But choosing a specific place to escape to, away from distractions, can help you focus on God and not on the busyness of your life.
Strive to develop a habit of praying at the same time each day. Create a calendar event on your phone and treat prayer just like a daily meeting. If you’re not an a.m. person, don’t sweat it. Make your prayer time an afternoon thing after school or in the p.m. before bed.
Shuffle your prayer experience. One day pray for yourself, the next pray for someone at school, then a family member, then a friend—you get the point.
Keeping a prayer journal is a great way to keep your prayer life organized. This’ll remind you of specific things you want to pray for and help you see how God answers so many of your prayers.
Talk to God like you would talk to your best friend over coffee.
There’s no right or wrong way to spend time with God. They key is committing time. Find out what works for you and stick to it. As you do, you’ll be amazed at how your relationship with God grows!