When I was younger I was never sure whether I believed in God, I knew all there was to know, but I felt there was something BIG that was missing. My head had made a decision to believe in God, and that Jesus had died for my sins, but deep down my heart and soul hadn’t. I was convinced that all I had to do was wait for THE perfect, inspiring, and life changing sermon. Every church service, or youth conference I went to I would think, “I wonder if THIS is the sermon that’s going to take away all my questions?”
To make a long story short, I never found that perfect SERMON. It wasn’t until I started spending one on one time with God that my heart started to feel what my head knew. Sermons give us an amazing knowledge and understanding of God, pointing us in the right direction, but with that knowledge and direction we are called to go home, open our bibles and explore further!
With that said I’m going to take you guys step by step through how I spend personal time with God, there is no right or perfect way but I just want to give you a place to start!
Atmosphere: It’s best to be alone somewhere where it’s quiet, free from distractions
To start off pray that God will give you the ability to understand his word, and open your heart and mind to what he wants to teach you for that day.
2. GOD’S WORD
There are many different ways to receive God’s word, here are a few below
· Read about a passage that stood out to you at church, maybe a passage that was confusing, or really tugged at your heart
· Pick a verse relating to a topic, and read the passage around it
Find bible verses by topic— http://www.openbible.info/topics/
· Read a daily Devotion
Here is a good one to start with—http://odb.org/
We can learn A LOT about ourselves, and more importantly what God is trying to say to us if we think and write about it. It’s not about writing everything you did that day; it’s about writing your struggles, joys, lessons, and times you saw God work! Also write about what you learned from the passage or bible verse you read and how it relates to your life, this may take practice!
Put in your headphones, go on YouTube and find worship songs, turn your lights off, and worship knowing that God is the only one watching! (If I know my family is asleep I’ll mouth the songs, or sing quietly)
Go on your knees on the floor and pray about anything that comes to your mind, pray for things you told people you’d pray for, thank God for what he’s done, etc. It’s not all about length, but work on giving God more than a few minutes of your time.