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Enhancing Your personal time with God (parts 4-5) 5 keys to developing your prayer times
February 21, 2024

Enhancing Your personal time with God (parts 4-5) 5 keys to developing your prayer times

February 21, 2024

Enhancing Your personal time with God (part 4)

4 keys to developing your prayer times



Is your devotional time the most important part of your day? If not, why not? Your daily time with God can be a catalyst to a step by step closer connection with Him.

James 4:8

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you…

We are at any time as close to God as we choose to be – J. Oswald Sanders.


5 Circles of intimacy surrounded Jesus:

The Multitude; The Seventy; The Twelve Disciples; The three – Peter, James, and John; and then the one – John, the Disciple whom Jesus loved.

I mentioned in past lessons that God spoke to me to make Him first in my day. And, He persisted until I said ok.

I eventually became an early riser.


4 principles to boost a desire for a strong devotional time with God.

1. Frequent contact develops closeness.

2. Spiritual strength must be renewed daily. (2 Corinthians 4:16)

3. Time with God creates spiritual power. (Acts 1:8)

4. Make time with Jesus the first priority in your day. (Matthew 6:33; Psalm 63:1).


4 Practical Suggestions for Personal Bible Reading and devotional time with God.

In your time with God, divide the time you have in half. Use half of the time you have for reading, and then half for praying.

1. Start slowly.

2. Discipline yourself to be awake and alert.

3. Find a Bible reading plan

4. Include variety in your reading.


5 keys to developing your prayer times.

Hebrews 4:16 (AMP)

Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].

Proverbs 15:8 (NKJV)

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,

But the prayer of the upright is His delight.

Proverbs 15:8 (NLT)

The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked,

but he delights in the prayers of the upright.

Determine a daily time to pray (morning devos after reading).

1. Stay alert and awake.

I started a consistent prayer life by walking around and praying so I wouldn’t fall asleep.

I would imagine myself right before the throne of God, right in front of Him.

The most frequently used word for prayer in the new testament is proseuchomai, and is a directional word, referring to a close, face to face conversation.

2. Relate to God on the basis of His Word.

Feelings are fickle.

Don’t base your relationship with God on them.

Don’t let them get in the way!

2 Corinthians 4:18 (NKJV)

While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

1 Timothy 6:12 (NKJV)

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Base your relating to Him on what His Word says!

He will “hide” if you get too connected to feelings in prayer!

Prayer is talking to God in the name of Jesus, according to His Word, by His Spirit without ceasing.

3. Open Your Heart.

To do this, you must know He doesn’t condemn you, but loves you, and longs to be with you.

Romans 8:1 (NKJV)

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

He wants honesty. He wants your heart.

Some people have NEVER opened their heart to anyone, not even God.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NKJV)

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Psalm 90:8 – Amplified

Our iniquities, our secret heart and its sins [which we would so like to conceal even from ourselves], You have set in the [revealing] light of Your countenance.

Philippians 4:6 – J.B.Phillips Translation.

Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer…

4. You change, He doesn’t.

Malachi 3:6 (NKJV)

6 “For I am the LORD, I do not change…

Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV)

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

James 1:17 (NKJV)

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

Some days you have feelings, other days you are flat. Don’t base the success of your prayer time on what you experience one day. It will balance out.

It’s more important to maintain regular, daily fellowship with God than to pray and fast for a week.

5. Include variety in your praying.

1 Corinthians 14:15 (NKJV)

What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.

Ephesians 6:18 (AMP)

Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

I usually start with worship – singing and giving thanks.

Then I remind myself in front of Him as to who I am.

I remind myself in front of Him of His promises to honor His word and to answer prayer.

I pray for others first and then myself last.

I pray over my family by name, and the church staff team by name.

I pray over our church family.

I pray in tongues

1 Corinthians 14:13 (AMP)

Therefore, the person who speaks in an [unknown] tongue should pray [for the power] to interpret and explain what he says.

Spend some time just quietly waiting on God.

1. Twenty-one to twenty-eight days begins the formation of a new habit.

2. Go to bed earlier than normal.

3. Get up earlier than normal.

4. Read half the time pray half the time.

5. Stay alert in praying, and relate to God from your heart on the basis of His Word.

Faith Building Scriptures

Meditate Daily

Numbers 23:19

God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?


Psalm 84:11

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

Psalm 89:34

My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.

Psalm 119:89

Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.


Psalm 138:2

I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name.


Isaiah 40:8

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.

Isaiah 55:11

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Jeremiah 1:12

Then the LORD said to me, You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.


Matthew 24:35

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

Matthew 21:22

And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.

Mark 11:24

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.


John 15:7

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.


John 16:23-24

And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.


1 John 3:22-23

And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

1 John 5:14-15

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.



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