As a Christian, I want to follow Jesus’ example. So, I am enthusiastic and serious about learning to pray in quiet time alone with God, to seek His will and to pray using the principles Jesus taught his disciples. I have learned much through my Moms prayer group, which has impacted my own appointments with God. Through prayer, I grow closer to God, I learn to listen to and obey God and I see Him answer my prayers. I am transformed through this relationship. Spending this time with him is a vital part of my self-care, too, in which I receive peace, strength and wisdom from God to be a wife, mom, moms prayer group leader and to do what He calls me to do each day
What is prayer?
- The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines prayer this way: to make a request in a humble manner; to address God with adoration, confession, supplication or thanksgiving.
- Also, prayer is being present with God and communicating with him through speaking, singing, thinking, or writing.
How to get started with appointments with God
- Be determined to make this a priority.
- Find a time when you are least likely to be interrupted or distracted. This can be hard for Moms, especially during seasons when we can’t even potty by ourselves or get a full night’s sleep.
- Consider a time when the kids are sleeping.
- Working moms may need to get super creative with finding a time. My sweet sister-in-law, Rachel, (hi Rachel!) shared with me that she has her quiet time during her lunch hour at work.
- I have often split my quiet time into two parts doing one part in the morning and the other at night.
- I also recommend finding a back-up time just in case there are days your appointment is high-jacked by the unexpected.
- One possibility might be to trade off parenting responsibilities with your husband. If that’s an option, ask him to cover for you while you have your appointment with God, then do the same for him.
Know Who You Are Talking To
Knowing who you are talking to is absolutely necessary. As Christians, we pray to the Almighty, one true God who is a triune God. God, the Father; God the Son and God, the Holy Spirit are one. So, whichever of these names we use, we are praying to one God. Before beginning your appointments with God, you will want to know God personally. For more information, please see this article about knowing God personally.
After reading this article, if you have made the decision to know him personally, I am super excited for you! Welcome to the family of believers!
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Supplies to have on hand for your appointment with God:
- Water, coffee or tea.
- A list of some of your favorite Bible verses
- A timer or alarm
Four Steps of Prayer
The Four Steps of Prayer to include in your appointment with God are Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.
Begin your time with Adoration. Praise God for who He is. When you read your favorite Bible verses, look for what each verse is teaching you about God. God reveals himself through scripture. One of my favorite verses is Romans 15:13. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” In looking at what this verse is teaching me about God, I might begin praying, “I praise you because you are a God of hope. I praise you because you give me joy and peace. I praise you because I can trust in you. You are trustworthy. “
Confess sin. Ask God to show you if there is anything in your heart or life that is not pleasing to him. As he shows you things, do not be discouraged. He promises when we confess our sin, He is faithful to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) This is a powerful part of your appointment that you do not want to skip! God not only forgives us and cleanses us, but he empowers us to obey him. He gives us His strength where we are weak. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Give thanks to God for all you are grateful. List your blessings and as you see prayers answered, thank him for each one. One of my favorite verses is Colossians 4:2, “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.”
Supplication is where we pour out our hearts to the Lord and I recommend listing your prayer requests with the date.
In addition to that, praying scripture is a powerful way to pray for yourself and others. An example of this is to write out a verse such as Psalm 56:3 with a person’s name in it. “Heavenly Father, when ____ is afraid, may she put her trust in you.”
Tips for Success in your appointments with God
- Put your daily appointment with God on your calendar.
- Gather your supplies in advance.
- Turn your phone on do not disturb and commit to not looking at email or social media until after your appointment.
- Meet with God in a room where you will not be distracted or interrupted.
- Set your alarm for the end time of your appointment so you will be able to concentrate and not be tempted to check the clock repeatedly worrying that you will miss your next commitment.
- Keep a sheet of paper or use a list app on your phone to jot down everything that comes to mind while you are in your appointment. I like the free app, “Todoist“. When I quiet my soul to pray, lots of things come to mind, like “to dos” for the day (and even the whole year). I write them down so I will not forget them and then I am free to focus on my appointment with God and give my full attention to him.
- If you are rising earlier or staying up later for your appointment with God and find yourself yawning mid-day, consider a daily brief nap as recommended by Michael Hyatt.
Common Questions/FAQ About Appointments with God
What version of the Bible is good to use?
There are many excellent versions of the Bible. Although I grew up with the King James Version, the versions I read or refer to most often now are: English Standard Version, New American Standard Bible, Christian Standard Bible, Amplified Bible and The Living Bible. I often use BibleGateway.com to look up verses and compare versions. This helps to deepen my understanding.
How do I know God is hearing my prayers?
The Bible promises that God hears us. 1 Peter 3:12 says,” For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and His ears attend to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” When we know God personally through Jesus Christ as our Saviour, we are righteous in God’s eyes. Therefore, His ears are attentive to our prayers.
The Psalmist gave us a beautiful description of God hearing us in Psalm 116:2, “Because he bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I breathe!”
How do I find time to pray?
Finding time for the things that matter most is not always easy. You might find Laura Vanderkam’s free Time Makeover Guide and Time Tracking Sheet to be useful to see where your time is spent and evaluate where to make adjustments.
The Last Thing You Need to Know about Amazing Appointments with God
Just start! Communicating with God does not require eloquence or the perfect words. He loves you dearly and leans in to listen to your heart.
I would love to hear from you!
I have shared some of my favorite verses about prayer. What are your favorite Bible verses about prayer?
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