DAILY TIME WITH GOD
When our Lord Jesus Christ taught us to pray, He instructed us to get alone with our Father – just Him and me – and shut down and shut out all the other distractions to my attention, and pray to Him in that ‘secret place.’
Matthew 6.6 [CSB] ~ “But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
That’s what Jesus promised. Your Father is actually, really, Personally in the secret place and with you in the exercise of our praying to Him.
And, He wants to meet with you there. He delights in you and delights to spend time with you.
In the Song of Solomon, the bridegroom [the man, the husband] calls out to his beloved bride [the woman, the wife] in the most passionate and endearing of terms – as he appeals to her to respond to his call to come and meet him and spend some time with him…he is really missing her and the pleasure of being with her!
Song of Solomon 2.14 [CSB] ~ “My dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the crevices of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.”
Can you not hear the voice and the call of our Father in those same passionate words of invitation?
OUR FATHER DELIGHTS IN US –
HE DELIGHTS IN OUR COMPANY –
HE WANTS TO SPEND TIME WITH US –
ESPECIALLY IN OUR PRAYING TO HIM!
If my Father so delights in me – and so passionately wants to see my face and hear my voice – then He is certainly worthy of my shutting down all the other distracting voices and shutting the door on the competitors trying to snatch my attention – and delight in Him in times of private prayer.
That’s why, for the past many years, I have chosen to call the time I devote each day to meeting the God who is “there” and who is “here” with me – I have chosen to call that time my Daily Time With God.
He wants to see my face! And He wants to hear my voice!
And I certainly want – and need – to see His Face of Pleasure and hear His Voice of Life!
How loving and gracious He is to promise to meet me and spend time with me!