Today, I could remember when I was single, I had more free time to spend with God. So I would wake up an hour or two before work and worship him through songs, prayer, and journalizing. Honestly to prioritize Christ in your life will require you to make a sacrifice. So the question to ask ourselves is what are we willing to sacrifice to truly cultivate an authentic relationship and attitude towards our King of kings and Lord of lords.
Here are three ways that helps me prioritize my relationships with Christ
1. Daily worship and prayer,
2. Daily reading of His word, and
3. Practical application of his Word
Daily devotional can look differently based on the season of life you are in. The goal of daily devotion should be a desire to prioritize your relationship with your Savior Jesus Christ through worship and prayer. Like every relationship, the more time you spend with someone, the more you will know the person’s heart and his/ her love for you. Throughout the Bible, we noticed just how prevalent it is for God’s people to worship Him and be devoted to Him. Worship is the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity. In Philippians 2:10-11, it states that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father. As a believer of Jesus Christ, it is truly a privilege for us to worship and pray to Him. The best thing about worship is it help us to focus on God and God alone.
Honestly, in the beginning of marriage and motherhood, I could admit that I struggled to find consistency in my daily devotional time with Him. Most of my devotional would be in the shower or whenever I could find some alone time. One of the advice I remembered receiving from one of the woman who I consider a role model was not to focus on the time but enjoy the moments in His presence. She told me to focus more on the quality of the time vs. the quantity of time. We cannot prioritize God without reading and meditating on His word daily. In John 1:1, it states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. So there you have it we cannot love God and prioritize Him without reading His word and obeying what His word tell us to do. In addition, in the book of Joshua 1:8, it states to Study this book of instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
In my own personal life, I noticed that the only way I can truly live out God’s word in my life is when it truly takes residence in my heart. The knowledge of God’s Word is not enough to move me to make it a daily practice in my behavior or in my speech. For true repentance and change to occur in our lifetime, the word of God must be deeply rooted in our hearts. In Hebrews 4:12, states, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” See God desire is to change the innermost of our being because that’s were true transformation can take place. In Psalm 51:6 reads, “Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being. And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.”
To conclude, I have been doing a 40-day devotional in the books of Psalms that has truly help me in drawing closer to Him. This is my third time around going through the books of Psalms. I pray it will be a blessing to you too. Heres the links to it.