There are several struggles I often encounter in my (almost) daily quiet time.
I struggle with keeping my mind focused and engaged, I struggle with really thirsting after and desiring the Word, and I struggle with pure motives for stopping to spend time with God in the first place.
Lately I’ve been thinking more about what verses like these mean for my life.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matt. 7:7
“Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Ps. 37:4
“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Jn. 14:13
And others like them…
I’m not going to pretend to exposit or interpret those verses. But recently I’ve been tremendously encouraged with the promise that when I ask God for the things of Him (desire for Him, love for His Word, pure motives), He is faithful to increase those things in my life as I walk by faith. In essence, I’m asking Him for what He’s commanded of me. So instead of succumbing to discouragement over these repeated struggles I encounter, I picked up my little notebook.
I wrote out three simple petitions I have been beginning each quiet time with.
- Lord, cause my mind and heart to focus in this time, undistracted.
- Lord, give me a desire for Your Word and quality time with You.
- Lord, give me pure motives in my pursuit of You.
I don’t want to exaggerate, but I have noticed a marked improvement in my ability to tune into what I’m reading and stay focused in my prayer time. My mind has been wandering less and I’ve been less concerned with what the clock says and more excited to stay longer in the Bible.
It’s such a sweet thing to be able to confess to God my lack of spiritual desire and discipline, humbly ask that He increase it in me, and then watch Him do so. What a joy! If you’re wrestling with similar issues, I encourage you to bring them to Jesus. He listens, and He cares, and He wants to help you.