“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 (KJV)
Would you consider someone your friend if they refused to spend quality time with you? What if they only spoke to you when they needed a favor? Hardly anyone would call this relationship a friendship. By today’s standards it would be labeled toxic!
As Christians, we often treat Jesus this way. Jesus calls us His friends (John 15:13-15) and desires to speak with us daily. Instead of communing with Him, we rush into the busyness of our day. Then, when facing hardship, we run to Jesus, begging Him to save us. If we only knew that spending quality time with Jesus would prepare us for life’s trials or prevent them altogether.
Our relationship with Jesus is the most important one we will ever have. The foundation of a healthy relationship with Christ is built on spending quality time with Him. Whether we realize it or not, our lives depend on this time of devotion.
During our quality time with Jesus, we can offer prayer, praise, and worship to the Lord. All three forms of release help us effectively express gratitude to God and place our burdens at His feet. They are keys that unlock blessings and breakthroughs.
God is always speaking. Quality time with Jesus positions us to receive a word from God. This word may uplift your spirit, convict you, or even provide you with divine instruction. God speaks to His children in various ways, but one way God speaks to everyone is through Bible scriptures.
Quality time with Christ strengthens our ability to discern the voice of God. The more you hear God’s voice, the better you can tell the difference between an angel of light and a false prophet (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). When you know God’s voice, you can stand confidently in His power. You will no longer seek ungodly sources for provision God alone can provide.
In this season, you cannot compromise your relationship with Christ. Follow His example from Mark 1:35 by waking up early and spending quality time with The Lord. Your soul will be strengthened by it.
Join me in prayer: Jesus, thank You for calling me Your friend. May I not take Your friendship for granted. Please help me to intentionally spend quality time with You every day. May I release all burdens, access each blessing, and hear from You. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
Want to receive additional devotionals, scripture reading calendars, and other creative worksheets to help you build your relationship with Christ? Sign up for the monthly Free Woman, Create! Newsletter.