Monday 21st December 2020
Title: FIND TIME WITH GOD
Pastor Soong Kok Kee

Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation .

The secret of a close relationship with God is to pray to Him earnestly each morning. Although David was the King of Israel, yet he found time to talk to his God. And here he says he does it in the morning. The first thing he did after he got up was to lay his requests before God. Regular daily communication helps any friendship and is certainly even more necessary for a strong and intimate relationship with our God. We need to daily communicate with God through prayer and the reading of His Word.

It was more than 55 years ago that A.W. Tozer said, “Modern civilization is so complex as to make the devotional life all but impossible.” He wrote these words long before email, the Internet, 500-channel TV, smart phone and a thousand and one other “time-saving” technologies began to rob us of so much of our time.

But it is not just electronic obstacles and modern complexities that hinder our devotional life. More often than we want to admit, the biggest hindrance and problem to establishing a close and intimate time with God is not something outside of ourselves. It’s our reluctance to choose to spend time with God in prayer and Bible reading.

Try these three steps:-
First – we must confess our failure to make time for God. If we can spend countless hours on the internet, Facebook, Smart phone etc etc etc…. how come we cannot find time to be with our God?
Second – we need to recognize that spending time with God is essential for our spiritual lives. We must realize that it is as important to us as making sure we have enough food and drink every day. We can’t survive long without either of that.
Third – we must develop a plan. In Psalm 5:3, David says he scheduled a special time with God in the mornings. We all know mornings would be the best time as our minds are fresh after a good night’s sleep. But city dwellers would find that hard to practise, as they have to be on the road before 7 am to beat the traffic. Students will usually be picked up by school buses at 6am.

I think the most important thing is to schedule a time. I know of some brothers and sisters in the above category who spend their time with God during their lunch break. They will either bring their lunch to work or have a quick lunch and then rush back to the office to have their time with God. Some do it after their dinner or before they sleep. Whatever time you choose, you must be consistent until you find it necessary to choose another time. You can’t be doing it in the morning one day, lunch time the next day, and before you sleep the day after that – by the fourth day, you would have forgotten whether you have done it or not!

Spending time with God by reading His Word and talking to Him in prayer is so important for the growth of our spiritual life.

An Unknown Author penned the following, titled…

NEVER FOUND TIME

I knelt to pray, but not for long.
I had too much to do.
Must hurry off and get to work,
For bills would soon be due.

And so I said a hurried prayer,
Jumped up from off my knees,
My Christian duties now were done,
My soul could be at ease.

All through the day I had no time
To speak a word of cheer;
No time to speak of Christ to friends,
They’d laugh at me I feared.

No time, no time, too much to do.
That was my constant cry;
No time to give to those in need –
At last, t’was time to die.

And then before the Lord I came,
I stood with downcast eyes;
Within His hands He held a book –
It was the “Book of Life.”

God looked into His book and said,
“Your name I cannot find,”
“I once was going to write it down,
But never found the time.”

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, help us not to be too busy in the business of this world that we forget to find time with you. Help us to set our priorities right, Lord. Help us to love You with all our hearts and with all our souls and with all our minds and with all our strength and our neighbor as ourselves. Help us to seek first your kingdom and your righteousness and all that we need will be given to us. In Jesus’ precious Name we pray, AMEN.

每日灵粮
星期一,2020年12月21日
标题:花时间与上帝相处
讲员:宋国基牧师
翻译:郑振隆弟兄

【诗5:3】耶和华啊,早晨你必听我的声音;早晨我要向你陈明我的心思,并要警醒。

与上帝建立亲密关系的秘诀, 就是每天早晨热切地向祂祈祷。尽管大卫贵为以色列的国王,但他花时间与他的上帝交谈。他在这里说他早上亲近上帝。他起床后做的第一件事就是向上帝陈明他的心思。定期的日常交流有助于任何的交情,对于与我们的上帝建立牢固和亲密的关系来说,这当然更是必要的。我们需要每天通过祈祷和读圣经与上帝沟通。

超过55年前,陶恕(A.W. Tozer)说过:“现代文明如此复杂,以至于几乎不可能有灵修的生活。” 早在电子邮件、互联网、500频道电视、智能手机以及上千种其他 “省时” 技术开始抢走我们如此多的时间之前,他就写下了这些话。

但是,妨碍我们灵修生活的不仅仅是电子障碍和现代复杂性。我们往往不想承认的,与上帝建立密切和亲密时光的最大阻力和问题并不是我们自己以外的东西,而是我们不愿意选择花时间藉着祷告和阅读圣经与上帝共处。

请尝试以下三个步骤:
首先,我们必须承认我们没有为上帝腾出时间。如果我们可以在互联网、面书(Facebook)、智能手机等等上花费无数的时间……为什么我们找不到时间与我们的上帝独处呢?

第二,我们需要认识到,花时间与上帝独处对于我们的属灵生命至关重要。我们必须意识到,这对我们和确保每天有足够的食物和饮料一样重要。这二者缺一,我们都活不了多久。

第三,我们必须制定一项计划。大卫在诗篇5:3中说,他在每早晨安排一段特别的时间与上帝独处。我们都知道早晨是最好的时间,因为睡了一夜好觉后我们的头脑会很清醒。但城市居民会发现这很难实行,因为他们必须在早上7点之前上路才能避开交通堵塞。学生通常在早上6点乘搭校车上学。

我认为最重要的是安排一个时间。我认识一些上述类型的兄弟姐妹,他们在午休时间与上帝共度时光。他们要么带午餐去上班,要么匆匆吃一顿午餐,然后赶回办公室与上帝独处。有些人在晚饭后或睡觉前这样做。无论您选择什么时间,都必须保持一致,直到您发现有必要选择另一个时间。您无法一天选择在早晨,第二天选择在午餐时间,之后的一天却选择在睡觉之前 – 到第四天时,您会忘记自己是否已经花时间与上帝独处了!

花时间与上帝独处,阅读祂的话语,并在祷告中与祂交谈,这对我们属灵生命的成长非常重要。

一位不知名的作家撰写了以下诗句,标题是…

从未找到时间

我跪下来祈祷,但时间不长。
我有太多事要做。
必须赶快去上班,
因为账单很快就要到期了。

于是我匆忙祈祷,
从我膝盖上跳了起来,
我现在已经完成了基督徒职责,
我的灵魂就可以安心了。

我整天都没有时间
说一句欢愉的话;
没时间跟朋友提及基督,
我怕他们会嘲笑我。

没有时间,没有时间,要做的太多了。
那是我不断的呐喊;
没有时间给需要帮助的人–
最后,是时候该死了。

然后,我来到主前,
我垂头丧气地站着;
祂手里拿着一本书–
那是《生命册》。

上帝看着祂的书说,
“我找不到你的名字,”
“我曾经要把它写下来,
但从未找到时间。”

祈祷:
亲爱的主,求祢帮助我们不要因这个世界的事务而忙得不可开交,以至于我们忘记与您共度时光。主啊,求祢帮助我们把优先次序摆在正确的位置上。帮助我们尽心、尽性、尽意、尽力,愛祢和愛鄰舍如同自己。求帮助我们先寻求祢的国和祢的义,我们所需要的一切都要加给我们了。奉耶稣宝贵的名祷告,阿门。

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