Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mark 1:35

The Benefits of Meditating on the Word of God

Mark 1:35...

"And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, 
he (Jesus) went out, and departed into a solitary place, 
and there prayed."


We all know that God speaks to us through His Word.

As we read the Bible and wait in the Lord's presence
the Holy Spirit will reveal God's truth to us.

But how and when does this happen?

Only through daily quiet time with God.

But how many of us use the excuse that life is too chaotic?
Or, the ever present,
 "I just don't have time to read my Bible and pray."


In reality, our lives are already pretty orderly.
We set aside time for three meals a day.
We set aside time to work, a time to quit work.
We set aside time to sleep and a time to wake up.

The list can go on and on, but yet often
the needs of our soul are often overlooked.
This often results in nervousness, tension, worry, 
unhappiness, frustration, burdened consciences and 
especially lost souls.

The above verse tells us that Jesus 
took the time
to meditate and pray.

Why is it such a struggle for us to 
 set aside time to meditate on God's Word?   

We need to stop thinking of excuses and schedule a
"Quiet-Time Break" for our souls.

Many of us find the morning to be the best time to meditate 
on God's Word and to spend time in prayer;
before the day's activity begins.

Others find a different time of day works best.

It matters not WHEN.
What matters is that we give our souls this break and 
time away from our busy schedules.



When we begin to meditate on God's Word on a daily basis,
God's powerful truths will be applied to our daily lives.
It will turn us fully away from all the things that displease the Lord.

The objective is to feed your soul
AND..
 to experience the presence of God.


I know that's what I want!

So how about you?

Are you going to find time to have a "Quiet-Time Break" today?


Psalm 63:1 is my prayer:

"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee..."

Adapted from a sermon by my father Rev. William J. Behr





16 comments:

  1. Good Morning Lois! Yes indeed! I am having Part two: prayer...after my girl is off at school and I am settled.
    Sometimes I space it out throughout the day...other days- yikes! Have a lovely day.

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  2. Thanks to you, I have been reminded of what is important and will take that quiet time.

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  3. I totally feel this way too! Without a break for calm meditation the day is crazy.

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  4. This is a wonderful reminder and I totally agree. I feel so much peace when I pray and leave all my worries with the Lord :)

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  5. Good morning! I have wondered soo many times in my life why it is that my quiet time with the Lord took such a low priority. It was ALWAYS soo beneficial and accomplished more in life than anything else I might do. And yet I did. My busy, busy days and over committed time just always won out. (though like you said I always found time for relaxing, TV, and eating of course!) But in the last few years (since I have had so much more time) it finally has become a priority. I spend at least 30 to 45 minutes every morning before I do much of anything else besides shower and dress reading, praying, journaling and spending time with Him. What a difference it makes in my day. I look back and wonder now how different things could have been for me if I had ALWAYS done that. I encourage all of my kids as much as I can to do just that. You know it's funny. I think most Christians would never dream of missing church or women's group etc., and yet at the end of the day while these things are important they don't even come close to a daily quiet time with Him to make a real difference in a person's life. Sorry I wrote a book here, but this is an important reminder Lois, and I thank you for writing it. Hope you have a good day! HUGS

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  6. Already did..........I like having my quiet time in the morning too, but sometimes it happens later in the day, the most important thing is that it happens.........

    Great post, and so very true every word of it...........If we want the blessing of peace, and contentment,
    this is the way to get it.

    Have a good day sweetie,
    Blessings, Nellie

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  7. Hi Lois,
    I have to admit, I don't get enough quiet time. Very nice post!

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  8. Wonderful post, Lois! I always find quiet time to pray, but sometimes neglect reading the Bible thinking I'm too busy or tired or some other excuse. Thanks for the reminder of how important reading the Word is.
    Enjoy your day!

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  9. As I was reading this post, the thought crossed my mind that your daddy's teachings were shining through. Then I noticed it was adapted from one of his sermons. Precious!

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  10. It's hard to find a quiet moment here most days, but it's easy to find time to pray. Folding laundry, ironing, running on the eliptical- three of my favorite times to pray.

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  11. What a great post!1 I love that you call it a "quiet-time break"!! That is so perfect. My family reads together every morning, but I struggle finding my own personal study. Thanks for new motivation!

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  12. Thank you for the post and for the inspiration to work harder on finding more quite time with my Lord.
    Hugs

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  13. A most wonderfully inpspirin' post sweetie.

    I just spent three hours weedin' in my flower gardens and talkin' to God.

    It's out in 'nature' where I hear Him best!

    God bless and have a terrific day sweetie!!!

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  14. Beautiful message. It really is easy to get caught up in our lives and errands and not sit and concentrate on what really matters most. The peace that comes from prayer and reading the Word is a peace that cannot come any other way and when I get too busy, I can feel my soul yearning for it.

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  15. What a great reminder for us to take some time and spend in prayer.
    sandie

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