February 1 Begin Now!

scripture reading: Psalm 63
key verse: Mark 1:35

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.

Intimacy with Jesus Christ is one of the most important elements of the Christian life. It involves a lifelong journey filled with joy and immense pleasure. However, learning to love God takes time and a deep desire to get to know Him. Jesus made a point of being alone with the Father. He rose early to be alone in prayer.

Even as complicated as life is, there is still a place where you can find hope and the assurance of a greater love than anything this world has to offer. God’s presence is the place. It is open to you any time of the day or night.

You have known times of weakness when you would have given anything to know that everything was going to turn out all right. God waits for you. He is the One who has given you life, and He alone knows the needs of your heart.

In being alone with Him, you discover a deeper wisdom that is fit to handle even the toughest situations. How do you start, especially if you have never scheduled regular time to be alone with God?

Begin this very minute. Close your eyes and sit for a moment without saying anything. Just focus your heart on God and the fact that He loves you more than anything else. Then pray and ask Him to give you a desire to get to know Him better. He will never turn you away but waits for you with open arms.

Thank You, Lord, for the assurance that You love me and desire to fellowship with me. Give me the desire to get to know You better. I am starting right now as I wait in silence in Your presence.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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