What Does The Bible Say About Spending Time With God?

Throughout the Bible, God has made it clear that He wants us to stay in close connection with Him. To some of us, spending time with God. in a quiet time of prayer, Bible study, or devotions may seem out of the question because of a lack of time. 

Maybe you’re not sure what to do, or even how to slow down. No worries, God has provided us with plenty of good examples from Scripture of how to relate to Him, and lots of lessons on the rewards of having a close relationship with Him.

What does the Bible say about spending time with God?

The reasons for spending time with the Lord are countless. I would say without a doubt, that time apart from the hubbub of daily life, while praying, reading the Bible, and meditating on God’s Word, has become a necessity in my life.

The Christian Life: All About Spending Time With God

There will be times for all of us when it just doesn’t seem to make sense to take this time out of our busy days, but 1 Corinthians 1:25-30 tells us that even “the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men”. I’ve put together a collection of reasons and Bible verses to help explain the reasons and benefits of spending time with God, along with a list of helpful tips.

As you work on developing the habit of spending time with God, these helpful verses from the Bible can help you to personally experience what they are teaching. (The Scriptures that follow are from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.)

Seek The Kingdom Of God

Although God clearly tells us to get alone with Him, and His command should be enough, still He takes it further by rewarding us for seeking Him. 

These Scriptures tell us we will have delight in the Lord when we meditate on His Word; that when we truly seek Him and live accordingly, He will provide for all of our needs; that we will be rewarded for praying to Him even when nobody is watching; and that when we approach Him, He will also approach us, and that when we come to Him, He will forgive us for our divided loyalties.  

Matthew 6:33

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 

Psalm 1:2

But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. (NLT)

Matthew 6:6

But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. (NLT)

Seek God’s Presence

Spending time with God gives us a break from the concerns of the world. By doing this, we can go out into the world, knowing that the things of God are the most important. Only He can give us the wisdom we need to seek Him and the wisdom and strength we need to deal with the cares of this world. 

When our loyalties are divided, God can straighten out our minds; When we are coming down from a spiritual mountain, He can debrief us and help us to enter the day-to-day; He can heal us of what ails us; and when we are stressed out and embroiled in confusion, He can show us what really matters. 

James 4:8

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinner; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. (NLT)

Mark 6:30-32

The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone. (NLT)

Mark 7:33-34

Jesus led him away from the crowd so they could be alone. He put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then spitting on his own fingers, he touched the man’s tongue. Looking up to heaven, he sighed and said, “Ephphatha,” which means, “Be opened!” Instantly the man could hear perfectly, and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly!

Luke 10:38-41

Her sister Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her”

Be Nourished By Pure Spiritual Milk

Seeking the Lord has so many advantages, but the greatest one is that as we grow in Him and learn the gospel, the Good News about our salvation is revealed. As we grow from spiritual babies into adults, our faith grows, as does our belief and conviction that He is all we need. 

The more we have of Jesus, the more we want, and we can’t ever get enough of HIm. We will never get tired of spending time with God, and although He satisfies us, we will always want to return for more. Clinging to Him gives us the satisfaction and security we need

1 Chronicles 16:11

Search for the Lord and his strength; continually seek him. (NLT)

Psalm 42:1

As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. 

Psalm 63:5-8

You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely. 

1 Peter 2:2

Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. 

Accept His Righteousness

God provided Jesus to save us from our sins and make us pure, spotless. When we give our whole heart to Him, He makes the changes that we could never have made by ourselves. 

Psalm 119:11

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. 

Ephesians 2:8-9

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. 

Romans 8:1-2

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 

Seek The Will Of The Lord

When we stick close to God, He rubs off on us, so like the other side of 1 Corinthians 15:33 says “…bad company corrupts good character…”, spending time with God can do the opposite – because good company can also change bad character.

God’s word is our guide and changes the way we think. When we live in close contact with God, He rubs off on us and we learn His ways and His will. Then we will be able to be a productive part of God’s ministry, not in our strength, but in His. 

Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. 

Romans 12:2

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. 

John 15:5

Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 

Accept Whole Heart Change

When we set aside regular time with God, we give Him the chance to make changes in our hearts, eliminate confusion, and correct wrong thinking and beliefs. Spiritual growth doesn’t happen all at once but is a gradual process as we allow ourselves to be nurtured by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Not only that, but He also has the power to work in our circumstances to make changes for our good. Not only can God work in our immediate lives, situations, and relationships, but He works in all of the people and things around us to bring about change that is for our ultimate good. 

Romans 8:28

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 

Philippians 1:6

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. 

2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. 

The Word Of God Protects Us From False Teaching

The Scriptures teach us how to discern what is truth, and what is false teaching. When we fail to read and study the Bible, we can easily be deceived by these false teachers, who twist, change, add to, and subtract from the truth of the Word of God. 

Jesus Himself warned us that there would be people who would deceive us. The Apostle Paul, who wrote much of the New Testament, gives us many warnings, also. We must know the Gospel so we will recognize when someone is pushing anything other than the true Gospel. 

The writer of Hebrews tells us how powerful God’s Word is, so much so that the Bible can expose untruths in our thoughts and emotions, showing us when we are being lied to. 

John instructs us to put unfamiliar teachings to the test. When we are being taught anything that doesn’t line up with the Bible, we know that particular teacher has not been sent by God. If you have any questions in your mind about something you’re being told about Jesus or the Gospel, you can run to the Bible to check the truth in it. 

Galatians 1:6-9

I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. it exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. 

1 John 4:1-7

Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here. But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

Ideas For Spending Time In The Presence Of God

The Bible has no shortage of guidelines for spending time with God. Philippians 4:8-9 tells us to “fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”, and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-21says to “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”  

For many years, I have enjoyed starting my days with different combinations of devotions, Bible study, and prayer. It’s my favorite time of every day, and walking with God has helped me through hard times in my life.

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Below is a list of some practical ways of spending time with God

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  • Start the day by thanking God for the night’s rest, ask Him for guidance for the day, along with any specific requests for what you’ll be facing that day. What better time to be thankful than during this quiet morning time when you are still comfy in your bed?
  • Try to make this a daily habit. By returning to Him daily, we can be renewed by Him every day
  • There are many ways to spend time in God’s presence, and there is no “best way” of doing this. Some options are praying, meditating, Bible reading, Bible journaling, listening to the Bible being read by a Bible app, participating in a Bible study, and many more. 
  • Try to have everything at hand to make the best use of the time. Choose a good time of day and a comfortable, quiet place where you will have as few interruptions as possible, but don’t worry if you can’t find any alone time for this. The main thing is that you are spending time developing a personal relationship with your heavenly Father.
  • Set the atmosphere with some quiet worship music or with a Scripture reading. The order of doing things doesn’t matter. Again, there is no right way of doing this – it’s all up to you and God. You can do it with a Bible in your hand or an app on your phone or other device. 
  • Some people use a Bible reading plan to read the whole Bible in a year. Others read a devotional, do a Bible study, or spend their morning time in prayer. Some women like to journal, either with their own thoughts and words or by writing out the words of God from the Bible. Still others create beautiful artwork in their Bibles. 
  • If you can’t have your quiet time at your usual time, change things up. You could opt to exchange your mornings for afternoons or evenings with Him, or choose to do something shorter, but still meaningful. 
  • The devil doesn’t want you to spend time with God, so you can expect interruptions. Many times when my husband and I sit down for Bible reading, discussion, or prayer one of our dogs will start causing a disturbance, the phone will ring, or there will be another distraction. Take a breath and ignore these little interruptions. God wants us to spend these times together, and He will honor your true efforts. 
  • If you have trouble with interruptions from your phone, leave it in another room, or put it on silent or a do not disturb mode. 
  • We often think our quiet time should be first thing in the morning, but this just doesn’t work for everyone. It’s perfectly fine to have your quiet time at another time of day. What works for some may not work for others. 
  • Do what you can to make this quality time, but just do the best you can. God loves any sacrifice we make to get closer to Him, so don’t sweat it, just do it. 
  • One person’s time with God will not look at all like someone else’s. Remember that this is you and God, not anyone else. No comparisons.

We all have times when we find it hard to meet with the Lord regularly. I’ve been there and can assure you with love that you can do this. God can give you strength when you have none of your own.

There have been times in my life when I was so burdened that I could not drag myself out of bed. I do not doubt that at those times it was God who gave me breath, it was He who motivated me to stand because I knew I did not have the strength.

Jesus will be your best friend if you put the time and effort into getting to know the true character of God and dedicate the sacrifice of your time to spending time with Him regularly.  He knows our true needs much better than we know them ourselves, and it won’t be at all surprising to discover that what you needed all along was more of Him. Because who doesn’t need more of Jesus?

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