daily meeting with God
early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got
up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where
are all impressed with Jesus' miracles, His amazing Sermon
on the Mount and His powerful authoritative teaching. But
nothing is more remarkable than His passionate devotion to
His Father. He lived His life in perfect harmony with His
will. His successful public ministry with the people was fueled
and energized by His private ministry of intercession and
communion with the Father. God was His number one priority!
Jesus, "God with us", needed this daily communion
with the Heavenly Father, how much more you and me! Yet, thousands
of professed Christians lack a vibrant spiritual life! They
speak the Christian "lingo", go to church periodically,
but lack an intimate relationship with God. This lack of intimacy
with the Living Christ, this lack of awareness that He lives
in us 24x7 is having tragic consequences in our families and
society. Divorce, adultery, busyness, absent father figure,
materialism, financial pressures and lack of communication
are devastating the typical Christian home.
have become an information addicted society and have lost
our way to intimacy in our relationships. These are some troublesome
facts I have observed among average Christians in my area:
do not have regular daily devotions
10% have read the New Testament
do not have a regular meal time with family members
spend hours watching TV or playing video games and have
no time for Jesus
am convinced the reason we have not yet impacted this nation
for Jesus Christ is because the majority of Christians are
dying from spiritual malnourishment. Many believers desire
to grow in the Lord but lack a simple method and accountability.
can we help the typical believer or seeker to connect directly
with God on a daily basis? At PCF we have developed a very
simple three step process which facilitates intimacy with
Christ and accountability with other believers.
process combines the age-old practice of journaling with reading
and applying the Scriptures.
We call it the J1 which simply means Jesus and you! This is
all you need: A Bible, a composition notebook, a pen, a quiet
place and 20 min. a day.
three daily steps are:
a short love letter to God, He is your Heavenly Father.
Be honest. Share with Him your feelings, doubts, thoughts,
fears and joys.
one chapter of the book of Proverbs or the Gospel of John
and write in your journal one verse that called your attention.
a short prayer asking God to help you put into practice
that verse in your daily life.