Monday, February 27, 2017

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. Mark 1:35

LISTEN: Time spent with God is a quality and worthwhile investment. Time with God can never be lost or wasted. Spending time with God is the yearning of the heart of he who loves God. Sadly, many spend their lives daily without having quality time with God, our creator. They do not have time to commune with Him in prayer, personal bible study, meditation, etc.

They have no regard for the will of God. They have little or no time for Him. They seem to have forgotten that we are humans? And that we are created by God, and capable of dying? They forgot the fact that we are nothing without God? That we need to spend quality time with Him to experience the best of ourselves? Beloved, do you know that failing to spend time with God will amount to failing to fulfill your God-given purpose?

Let us not forget that we are on earth to fulfill God’s purpose. Anything short of that will mean a waste of life on earth. Therefore, do not allow your business, relationship, academic, finances, family, etc. to come between you and your God. In the midst of your tight schedule, do not fail to make out quality time for your creator. No matter how busy you are, always have time for God. Who could be busier than Jesus Christ while He was in the world? He worked round the clock (Acts 10 :38), yet had quality time to commune with God, His Father.

The bible says this about Him, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” (Mark 1:35). My dear, Jesus Christ never failed to pray no matter His engagements, business, etc. He knows when to draw the line between His relationship with man and God. Where we read, told us how He woke up early in the morning to commune with God in prayer before going about the activities of the day. In another occasion, after attending to a crowd, He sent them away to enable Him commune with God. (Matthew 14 : 23).

Beloved, how much time do you have for God? If Jesus Christ could not do without prayer and intimacy with God, does it not tell you that you cannot also do without prayer, if your purpose is to fulfill God’s will for your life? Beloved, never neglect to have time with God no matter what. Time with God will shape your future, correct your inordinate behaviour, direct your steps, warn you against evil, give you access to God, give your life a meaning and save your soul.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not neglect to have time with God, for time with God will shape your future.
2. No matter your schedule, do not forget your daily appointment with God.
3. Never forget or neglect to pray at all times, for prayer connects you to God.
4. Determine to begin and end your day with God – pray and meditate on His word.

Daily Task: Before going about your business of the day, always commune with God to gain His approval.

Daily Reflection: Time with God cannot be wasted because, it is the best investment of the wise and the key to God’s presence.

Daily Prayer: Almighty God, I need you today more than ever, pour upon my heart the desire to love you and to obey you whenever you call, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, the grace to establish a wonderful relationship with God is released upon you. Your days of spiritual dryness and lukewarmness are over. May God grant you the heart of dedication, in Jesus’ name.