WHY SHOULD YOU PRAY & SPEND TIME WITH GOD ?
God sees you as a precious treasure, and He longs to have close fellowship with you. More than anything He wants you to have an intimate love relationship and friendship with Him. God longs for you to spend time with Him daily and intimately communicate with Him, to hear His voice, to enjoy fellowship with Him, to trust and follow Him and join Him in His kingdom work, and thus giving your life great value and meaning and purpose.
■ #1 REASON: GOD DESIRES YOUR FELLOWSHIP: (I CORINTHIANS 1:9)
- “YOU ARE ALL SONS OF GOD THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS." - GAL. 3:26
- “ I NO LONGER CALL YOU SERVANTS, BECAUSE A SERVANT DOES NOT KNOW HIS MASTER'S BUSINESS; I HAVE CALLED YOU FRIENDS,..." - JOHN 15:15
- See Page 10 (HOW GOD SEES YOU / WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST )
■ GOD DESIRES FOR YOU TO KNOW HIM, TO BELIEVE HIM, TO UNDERSTAND THAT HE IS GOD. (JOHN 17:3 ; ISAIAH 43:10 ; PSALM 27:4)
Remember, God wants much more for you in your fellowship with Him than just to know about Him. God wants you to know Him in real & personal ways, by seeing and experiencing Him in and around your life. This is a much better and more intimate and real knowledge of God than just knowing about Him.
■ BECAUSE GOD/JESUS IS THE SOURCE OF ABUNDANT & FULL LIFE:
- DEUTERONOMY 30:15-20; JOHN 10:10, 14:6 (GOD/ JESUS IS YOUR LIFE)
- DEUTERONOMY 8:3 (GOD’S WORD LEADS YOU TO ABUNDANT LIFE)
- LAMENTATIONS 3:24 (GOD IS THE SOURCE OF ALL YOU NEED & WANT)
- JOHN 6:35; IS. 55:1-3 (ONLY JESUS CAN SATISFY & FULFILL YOU)
- JOHN 8:12 (ONLY JESUS GIVES PURPOSE & DIRECTION FOR YOUR LIFE)
- PSALM 63:1-5 (NOTHING IS BETTER THAN INTIMACY WITH GOD)
What do you think of when you hear the words “abundant life” ? Having a lot of material things ? Having a lot of money ? Living on a tropical island ? Something else ? In John 10:10 Jesus tells us that He came to give us life - eternal life forever in heaven, and abundant & meaningful life here on earth. In John 14:6 Jesus tells us that He is the life - the source of eternal life and abundant life. You need to walk with Jesus in an intimate love relationship, daily trusting & obeying & following Him, in order to experience the full and abundant life only He can give. You cannot have abundant and full life without Jesus. When you give yourself fully to Jesus, then He will fill you with His overflowing and abundant and victorious life - He is the life.
“O, the fullness, the pleasure, the sheer excitement of knowing God on earth.” - Jim Elliott
■ YOU NEED TO SPEND TIME WITH GOD & BE FULLY COMMITTED TO HIM IN ORDER TO KNOW HIM INTIMATELY & TO BECOME LIKE JESUS.
- read PHILIPPIANS 3:8-10 and PSALM 27:4
Like Paul & David, you need to be passionate in your seeking to know God, and in your fellowship with Him.