We are all called to a relationship with God. “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9). The miracle is that the kind of fellowship He desires for us is to share our lives and be intimate friends. Achieving this kind of deep relationship comes from dedicating our hearts to and spending time with Him and knowing He wants to spend time with us. Our only response is to seek His presence every day.
Being in the presence of God is vital to our spiritual growth and well-being. King David understood that importance. “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand" (Psalm 16:11). During His ministry, Jesus also made it a priority to spend time in the presence of His Father. “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed" (Luke 5:16).
As Christians, we also understand the importance of growing a spiritual practice of spending time in the presence of God. But what if your fellowship with God feels more like a chore, and less like spiritual growth? If your prayer and quiet time are starting to feel empty, and God seems farther away, there are a number of ways you may be sabotaging your own time with God.
Here are 8 ways you may be sabotaging your time with God:
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