BREAK THE ROUTINE

Originally posted October 14, 2014

Matthew 6:33 — But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

We all have a daily routine.  Sure it changes in some aspects from day to day, but even if we don’t consciously plan it, we are creatures of habit.  Sadly, for many of us, we do not make God part of that routine.  This is in no way meant to minimize God and imply that time with Him should be routine, rather we should include a time (at least 15 to 20 minutes) to spend with the Lord each day. 

Matthew 6:6 — But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Dropping to our knees and devoting a time solely to prayer is an awesome way to start the day, but some of us struggle to do this.  The time we spend in the bathroom each morning (brushing our teeth, shaving, showering …), is a great opportunity to speak to the Lord in prayer. 

Romans 10:17 — So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

The average commute for people in the United States is 25 minutes.  Why not make the most of this time by listening to the Bible on CD, or a sermon on the radio/Ipod, or Christian music.

1 Peter 2:2 — Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation

Studies show that 42 percent of North American employees rarely take a lunch break, while 39 percent break for lunch but stay at their desks.  Most doctors agree that not taking a lunch break can be physically and emotionally unhealthy.  Why not take 15-20 minutes of your lunch break to pray or spend time in God’s Word, in an effort to become spiritually healthy?

Colossians 4:5 — Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.

The commute home is another wonderful opportunity to spend with God.  Another plus to this is, NO COMMERCIALS!

Philippians 4:19 — And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Starting your dinner with a short prayer of thanks to the Lord was once commonplace, but has become a rarity in this day.  God has provided all that we have, spending 10 seconds prior to a meal is a small way to show appreciation.

Hebrews 4:12 — For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

“200 channels and still there’s nothing to watch.”  We have all said this on more than one occasion, I am sure.  Instead of spending hours each night searching for something to watch, that will have no lasting impact, open God’s Word and read a few chapters of Scripture.

Psalm 4:8 — In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Bed time prayers are not just for kids.  End the day by thanking God for getting us through another day and for the day’s blessings, while casting the burdens of the day upon Him.  This practice can actually help us get a better nights rest.

Break the routine!  God longs to spend time with us and is never too busy for us!  Shouldn’t we strive to make time for Him?

Jeremiah 33:3 — ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

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