So I listened to your comments on my survey and as per requested, which ironically was something I'd been thinking about writing on from now on, I am going to start sharing things I learned in my Bible reading or study time, not exclusively though.
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In particular I've been thinking about the importance of prayer. This year I had made some goals and one of them was to be in prayer for half an hour everyday by the end of 2015. This is a big step for me, as I have always had a hard time being consistent concerning prayer time. Recently I read this in Nehemiah 9:1-4:
Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the people of Israel were assembled with fasting and in sackcloth, and with earth on their heads. And the Israelites separated themselves from all foreigners and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. And they stood up in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for a quarter of the day; for another quarter of it they made confession and worshiped the LORD their God.
I was awed by the fact that these people spent 12 hours in worship, confession, and reading God's Word. 12 hours. If they could spend that much time with God, shouldn't I be making the effort to increase my time with God too? Granted, this was a one day event, but could you imagine having a worship service that lasted 6 hours or a reading of God's Word for 6 hours? Incredible. I was put to shame on the spot. Think about this, there are:24 hours in 1 day. Most Christians are told to spend 15 minutes a day in Bible reading. Nobody is told how much to spend in prayer. Let's pretend I decided to spend 20 minutes a day doing both together in total. That averages out to LESS than 1% of our daily time. If the Old Testament encouraged us to give 10% of our money to the Lord, don't you think God expects at least that much of our time? The Bible says "To whom much is given, much is expected." If God took the time to save us and we are supposed to live our lives for Him, shouldn't we be trying to spend more time with Him? How can we know our God personally if we spend 7% of our week on Him? I don't know about you, but those statistics bother me. If we want to spend at least 10% of the day with our God, we need to be in the Word and prayer for at least 2 hours and 40 minutes. I'm not saying we all need to do this, rather it's something to think about.
What changes need to be made to spend more time with our God? My challenge for you is to join me for the rest of March, whether you prayer an hour a day or 10 minutes a day, challenge yourself to increase that. Make a reasonable increase and stick to it for the month. See what happens. Let me know if it becomes a habit. Has it enhanced your walk? Did you receive faster responses to your prayers? Let me know, and I'll let you know what has happened in a month as well.