We Need Time With Our Father
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
There are times in our lives when as believers we can feel as though we’re alone. It is especially acute for single Christians who live alone and can manifest even with those whose spouses are away for extended times or out of reach by phone, email or text. We need friends and family. We need each other in the body of Christ.
We know that regular and close human interaction and connection are vital for our emotional and mental health, but spiritual interaction and connection with our Heavenly Father is absolutely essential for good spiritual health. The status of our spiritual health has a direct impact on our physical and mental health.
We may be able to live without regular human contact from time to time, but our inner man starves and can become so weak as to be powerless in us when we don’t have regular and deeply engaging contact with the Spirit of the Lord.
We need time with the Lord, regularly and fully, where we can be completely open and transparent with Him and ourselves about any and everything going on in our lives. God knows us better than we know ourselves, of course, but we don’t always know how we will be judged or accepted by Him. We are still cracked pots (earthen vessels) imperfect and needy. It is good to tell the Lord our deepest thoughts, good or bad, and let Him help us navigate through them to get to the place where He is taking us.
We need to be reminded that we are loved by Him and not being judged for being human. That judgment was laid on Jesus with all its sins and failures as He who knew no sin was made to be sin for us. We also need to hear His Word spoken into our hearts to strengthen our faith to encourage us in living our lives for Him in the midst of growing opposition and the destabilizing threats of the devil.
Our God is always good toward us, and His love is never, never, never-ever-failing. One thing that frequently militates against us staying balanced and positive in our thinking is not getting enough rest in sound, deep restorative sleep. We stay busy all day and night and then can’t get to sleep because our thoughts are racing and running through one scenario after another. I speak from experience.
So what do we do?
Start by turning off the noise, (TV, Radio, Music, Smart Phone, Computer, etc.).In other words, disconnect from the plethora of technical devices that dominate our time. Get away to a quite place without unnatural distractions. Take your Bible with you. Get into a comfortable posture. Relax your body head to toe and then take five deep breaths.
Get quite and just be still for while. For the next extended period of time: 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 8 hours, 1 day, whatever you feel you can commit to, and just talk to the Father and listen for His voice.
The Scriptures tell us that God is speaking to us through Jesus (His Word) in our time.
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” Hebrews 1:1-4
Jesus is the Word and the Word is Jesus. The Scriptures are the WORD of GOD. In them we hear from God the Father, from Jesus our Lord and from our Teacher, Instructor our Comforter and our earnest assurance of inheritance of eternal life, the HoIy Spirit.
We need the Lord now as never before. He is waiting for us to come to Him and be renewed in His love and mercy in His blessing and grace.
“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near…” Isaiah 55:6