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From the Spring 2018 issue of Knowing & Doing:

Suggestions for Spending Daily Time
with God

by Thomas A. Tarrants, III, D.Min.
Vice President for Ministry & Director,
Washington Area Fellows Program,
C.S. Lewis Institute


od desires an intimate, personal relationship with His children and calls us to know, love, and serve Him and His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. As we do so, we will experience joy and delight. God tells us that our relationship with Him will grow and flourish as we intentionally seek after and pursue Him, and He has given us specific means by which to do so. This means we can grow much closer to God as we deepen our desire and longing for Him.
  In God’s design, the primary way for us to pursue Him is by active engagement in a congregation of His people. This means following the example of believers in the early church, who “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:421). There is no substitute for regularly gathering to worship God and sing His praises, listening attentively to the preaching of His word, praying, and celebrating communion.
  Three of these corporate practices also have a private, personal dimension that we experience by setting aside time each day to quietly read and reflect on God’s Word, lift our prayers to Him, and give thanks and praise to Him for who He is and for His goodness to us. Often referred to as Quiet Time or Daily Devotions, this practice has a long history among God’s people and can be seen in the Psalms (5:3; 119:147), many of which were written around 1000 B.C. It has been a common practice of those who have been close to God over the centuries and who have known Him most intimately.

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