What is your attitude when you come before the Lord? Is your mind racing through all the things you need to accomplish after you finish your quiet time? Is your heart right with God? Does peace fill your spirit when you’re reading God’s word?
All too often we have too much going on. Even in the midst of what is supposed to be our quiet time with the Lord. Those of us that do our devotions in the morning may battle with kids getting out of bed or a husband getting ready for their work day while we’re trying to start our days off right. When we attempt to have evening devotions we’re faced with tired eyes and a comfy bed just waiting to be crawled into.
Since moving I found myself sleeping until the same time my kids were waking up and then trying to sneak in my quiet time with God while they were getting breakfast. It just wasn’t working. I couldn’t read without having to ask them to quiet down again and again, my spirit was in no way at peace while reading God’s word and my heart was definitely not right toward them or the Lord. Something had to change and I knew what it was, but I wasn’t exactly thrilled with more change. Especially when it involved moving my wake up time backwards by two hours. Yet, I knew that is what I needed to do in order to have time with the Lord alone, undistracted and peaceful.
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As I was reading Exodus 24 today, I was drawn to how Moses took steps to ensure that he was rightly prepared to worship, see and talk with the Lord. In verses 5-8, we see that they offered a peace offering unto the Lord as He directed and then in verse 14, Moses left the people under the authority of Aaron and Hur.
Moses knew that God was calling him unto the mountain to receive the 10 commandments (vs. 12), he knew that he was going to see and talk with the Lord while he was on the mountain. Before he made this trip Moses made sure that he was prepared for this time with God.
While we may not be taking a trip up a mountain to see and talk to God as Moses did, we have the opportunity to meet with the Lord, read His word, talk with Him in prayer and be guided by the Holy Spirit. Yet, how do we come before the Lord? I fear that most of our answers would not be worth voicing.
Personally, I do not come before the Lord in the quiet spirit that I should, nor are my thoughts focused solely on worshipping Him as I spend time in His word. I find myself rushing through prayer time more often than I would like to admit and the things I need to accomplish begin to run through my mind as I’m wrapping up my quiet time.
This was my first week waking early to try and grasp quiet time before the rest of my house rose. Monday was wonderful, I had a wonderful time with the Lord and quiet time even while I finished some online work. The rest of this week has not gone anywhere near as well, proving that it isn’t just about being alone that makes a proper devotion time, it’s an attitude of the heart and a peaceful spirit that will make the largest difference in our quiet time with the Lord.
I want to learn to take the right steps to come before the Lord with a peaceful spirit, knowing that I am coming before my Lord rightly as I should. I know that I don’t have it right today, but I’m taking steps each day towards being prepared to meet with the Lord each day rightly prepared.
How do you prepare to come before the Lord? Do you take certain steps to ensure you’re right with God before you begin your quiet time with Him?