I am going to confess something to you: I have not had a consistent quiet time with my Lord for several months. MONTHS! I know, I know, you haven't either, but who's judging?
Well, convicttion came upon me. A gentlemen in our church told me how he gets up at 5:00 am to spend time with God before going to work. Here I am getting up at 6:00 am and going to work without spending any time with God. Usually, I would try and squeeze a time in during the evening after dinner or before. But, there would always be interruptions, and it is hard to focus. So, after I heard about the 5:00 am time, I knew I needed to get up and act like I love my Lord.
So, I get up at 5:30 and spend a half hour reading and preparing my mind for the day. What, you thought I was going to say I get up at 5:00 am? I'm not the Pope, just paul.
I am writing this to encourage all of us to make some time to be like Mary and do the better thing and sit at the Master's feet.
Whether it is in the morning or the evening, find a quiet place and a comfortable chair to be with Jesus.
I am following the year with a prayer guide I picked up at a book store years ago. It guides me through scripture readings and prayers throughout the year of certain topics. The next couple of things I do vary depending upon what I feel like doing: Oswald Chambers, "My Utmost (modern language edition);" "Magnificent Prayer" by Nick Harrison; "Spurgeon Gold" (a book of quotes from Spurgeon) by Ray Comfort; and a small Bible study using Precept Ministries material.
I can do this in about 30 minutes. How good it is to spend time with my Lord! I am confident that the Lord speaks directly to us through the Word. Any other words He gives to me during the day usually come filtered through what I read that morning. I have been going into work with more comfort and confidence than I have had in a long time.
Beloved, do the better thing and sit at the Master's feet.