Your Daily Devotional: A Place and a Time
“Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath.” Psalm 116: 2
As working women, we know the more structure we have for things we do, the more successful we will be. Habits, predetermined places and procedures will decrease time, energy and stress as we can automatically go to where we planned to go and do what we planned to do. This is very important in everyone’s lives so we can optimize our time and enjoyment. And, this is true with our daily devotional time with the Lord.
The first step in having a successful devotional time is to designate a spot in your home where you will consistently go for your time with God in the morning. This could be a specific area of the house and/or a special chair. In the popular movie, The War Room, Miss Clara used her closet to pray.
The most important thing is for you to choose a place which will be your special spot to meet with the Lord in the first part of your day. Usually, this will be a place which is
Free of distractions
Not likely to be needed by others.
You may also want to consider what other things would be special and meaningful. You may want to be near a window where you can see nature as you consider the majesty of God. You might want to journal your thoughts, so you may need a table with pen and paper, or space for your laptop. Perhaps you like to start the day with a cup of coffee with God. (This is something that is part of my daily devotional time with the Lord).
The most important thing about where is that you have designated a place where you will be able to focus on God and not be distracted.
The next important thing is to determine a time for your devotions.
Some people may not schedule their quiet time in the morning. Rather, for personal and specific reasons, they may need to spend this time at another point in their day. However, even if you can just spend a few minutes at the beginning of your day with the Lord, it will set you up for success for the rest of it. People often comment they prefer to have this time in the morning so their focus for the day starts with a focus on God. We often know what things may take up our time, energy and thoughts, therefore we want to start each day in the right frame of mind.
Are you anticipating a difficult meeting? Start the day with God and give it to him.
Do you need to make a difficult decision? Start your day by asking for His wisdom and direction.
Are you feeling a little more tired than usual? Ask God to give you strength and patience for all you need to do and deal with.
“The prayer offered to God in the morning during your quiet time is the key that unlocks the door of the day. Any athlete knows that it is the start that ensures a good finish.” Adrian Rogers
Do you have a specific spot which you have designated for your alone time with God? If not, take time to determine your special place this week. Then determine a specific time for you to meet with God. He will be leaning down to listen to you.
May God richly bless you this week as you commit to a time and place to meet with Him.
Bonny, Christian Women at Work