JAMES 4:8 "Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you."
As we enter the busiest season of the year, it is easy to cut short (or cut out) our quiet times with the Lord. It seems so easy to justify a prayer on the fly, or putting off reading our Bible until we are half asleep in bed…
But the busy days are the days we need the Lord's wisdom and guidance the most. I am challenged when I hear Martin Luther's words:“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”
It is when we sit quietly before the Lord that we are filled with His wisdom and His insight into the things that we face. We are also energized to face the burdens and stressors of the day. Taking time to be alone with the Lord is not only helpful, it is really essential for believers.
Another great motivation for spending time with the Lord daily is the example we set for our families and friends. Our children are observing everything we do, sometimes quietly, sometimes subconsciously. When you start your day consistently sitting with the Lord, or carve out some special time to be in prayer and the Word sometime each day, your kids will pick up on that and be more likely to develop that life-long habit themselves. I try to keep a stack of various devotional books out on a table with a Bible, and as kids begin their day I suggest they take few minutes to sit with God and ask Him to lead them in their day. Even our four-year old now "pretend-reads" a devotional as he is modeling what the rest of the family does!
My husband recalls seeing his own parents on their knees in prayer when he was a boy, and how that made such an imprint on his mind. He thought, "If my mom and dad, who I look to for all of my needs, are looking to someone greater for their needs, this must be a very great God." That is something I'd like my kids to remember me for!
Draw near to God and He promises to draw near to you. Then watch as others in your life follow.