In ministry, there is always something important to do.
The demands of our role as messengers of the gospel seems to be never-ending.
But Jesus provides us with an example of the right priorities when it comes to working for God and being with God: He said to them, “I must proclaim the good news about the kingdom of God to other towns also, because I was sent for this purpose.”
The news about Him spread even more, and large crowds would come together to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. Yet He often withdrew to deserted places and prayed (Luke 4:43, 5:15-16).
It is not:
You need to be alone. Jesus often withdrew to be alone with God (Luke 6:12).
You need to be undistracted by people, noise, and interruptions. If possible, you may want to be somewhere that you can pray out loud, sing, etc. without being self-conscious.
Ask God to remove any hindrance to your fellowship with Him. Focus on the reality of His presence by reading through a passage such as Psalm 139 and then focus on cleansing passages like Psalm 139:23-24; Psalm 51; or Psalm 32.
Praise and thanksgiving – Praise God through Scripture passages like Psalm 103, 111, or 145 or Revelation 4 and 5. Or give praise and thanksgiving for specific things in your life.
Read an article or a chapter from an encouraging, faith-stimulating book (suggested reading on Cru.org: “Hearing the Music of the Gospel”, “Mission Impossible,” or Tim Keller’s “Prayer and the Gospel”).
If you keep a journal, read back over past weeks or months.
Be relaxed, flexible, and not overly structured (maybe read some Psalms, then some Old Testament passages, then some from the life of Christ, then some from the Epistles, etc.).
Read and meditate with an attitude of prayer.
Write down things that impress you as you read and meditate.
Record what God shows you in light of dreams or goals in your personal life, ministry and other relationships.
Jesus Without Religion paints a compelling portrait of Jesus and after finishing the book, the reader will clearly understand the words, works and claims of Jesus.
When one is studying a passage of Scripture, a basic but helpful pattern to follow is the threefold process of observation, interpretation, and application.
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