How to Spend a Day With the Lord

Written by Katherine J. Kehler

prayercloseupUsually our days are filled with the demands of life crying for our attention; that’s why we need to plan personal retreat time to be with the Lord – four, eight, or twelve hours with nothing on our agenda except to bask in His love, to thank and worship Him, to listen to Him, to intercede for others, to lay your life and activities before Him and let Him give directions.

The Bible promises us in James 4:8, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” He is waiting for you!

Don’t rush. The objective is to spend relaxed, uninterrupted time with God, not to go through a format. These are mere guidelines. Let God be your guide.

Preparation

  • Find a place where you can be alone and free from distractions.
  • Bring your Bible, a notebook and pen, and worship music.

Thanksgiving

Begin with thanksgiving. Psalm 100:4 tells us, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.

  • Thank Him for His patience and forgiveness.
  • Thank Him for the privilege of coming into His presence.
  • Thank Him for what He has done in and through your life in the last year.

Take time to list what God has done for you. Be specific. Think through every area of your life.

Confession

Ask God to search your heart. Psalm 139: 23,24

  • Confess any sins the Holy Spirit reveals. Psalm 19:12
  • Remember the certainty of forgiveness. 1 John 1:9
  • Make certain you are walking and praying in the Spirit. Ephesians 5:15-20

Praise

Become still before the Lord. Psalm 46:10

  • Consider who God is. Psalm 103
  • Praise Him for His attributes. Psalm 145
  • Rejoice in your fellowship with Him and that He delights in you. Proverbs 15:8
  • Read passages of Scripture and pray them back to God. Psalms 146 – 150
  • Sing to the Lord.

Intercession

Pray your way around the world with unhurried, detailed intercession for others. Ask God to reveal the world to you from His point of view as you read Psalm 33.

  • Begin with your non-Christians, friends, relatives, neighbors and others the Lord puts on your heart.
  • Pray that the people who have never heard about Jesus would have an opportunity to hear and understand the gospel. 2 Peter 3:9
  • Pray for those in authority – federal/national, provincial/state and municipal/county government leaders.
    1 Timothy 2:1,2
  • Pray for Christians ,using Paul’s prayers in Philippians 1:9-11, Colossians 1:9-12, Ephesians 1 :16-19.

By intercessory prayer we can hold off Satan from other lives and give the Holy Ghost a chance with them. No wonder Jesus put such tremendous emphasis on prayer!” – Oswald Chambers

Personal life evaluation

  • Ask for understanding as you read an entire book of the Bible. Record insights God gives you.
  • Ask God what He thinks of your life. Wait. Listen for His answer.
  • Evaluate the use of the time, talent, treasure, education and experience God has entrusted to you. Are they glorifying to God? Do you need to change what you are doing?
  • Discuss with the Lord your joys, your sorrows and decisions you are facing. Find promises and directives in the Bible which you can record.

The greatest answer to prayer is that I am brought into a perfect understanding with God, and that alters my view of actual things.” – Oswald Chambers

Concluding your day with God

  • Praise and thank God for the fellowship you had today.
  • Schedule the next “Day with the Lord” in your appointment book.
  • Share with someone about your day.

Would you like us to pray with you? If you have prayer requests, please contact us so we can pray with and for you.

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16 Responses to “How to Spend a Day With the Lord”

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    Nandi,
    I would love to pray for your spiritual growth.

    Dear Heavenly Father,
    I lift up Nandi to you today. She has asked for prayer for her spiritual growth Lord, Would you draw her near to yourself please? Help her to take time to daily connect with you, reading your word and asking the Holy Spirit to guide and direct her. Work in her life Lord and make her more like Jesus. Amen

    Nandi, the best way that I know that you can grow in your walk with the Lord is to ensure that you are walking, day by day, moment by moment in the power of the Holy Spirit. A great article that explains more about this is found here, http://powertochange.com/experience/spiritual-growth/oxygen/ Do check it out!

  • Nandi says:

    Please pray for my spiritual growth.

  • Andrew Andrew says:

    @comments many people in there hearts believe that spending time with God is going to church once a week for an hour to confess your sins so we can go on sinning and return the next week to do the same thing.

    This is not how a victorious Christian learns to listen to Christ daily, enlists friends to help you with your Christian walk, asking questions with the close friends and accepting correction, remember and reinforce what I am learning by meditating on Christ’s word by memorizing.

    In prov. 15:14 A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash. During the week many people forget to seek truth and seek healing via drinking, sex, drugs and porn which is trash. Seek Christ and you will renew your mind and God will give you wisdom through the Holy Spirit.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hey Danny, I thought I would check and see how things are going with the changes you are making.

  • Danny says:

    I always had a guilt for not going to church even though my mom always says it the heart behind it that counts. Today was one of those days and I felt the sickening feeling of guilt. Today is a new day though and I want to make a change. I want to learn how to spend time with God so I can put a stop to the “guilt” and get a chance to hear the Lords voice again. It was about 3 to 4 years ago the first and only time I ever heard the Lords voice. He said just one word,one little word that means the world to me. He said “Listen”. I want more of this and I need to change before its too late. I’m 14 years old and I shall make change happen.

  • Jennifer says:

    this is to mary’s question. You can invite your husband to join in on your time with the Lord. Couple devotions are amazing to God! If you want it to be just the Lord and you at times, you can go to a separate room and just let your husband know you want time to spend with God for however long you wish. It’ll work out, God will make sure.

  • Jennifer says:

    this is to mary’s question. You can invite your husband to join in on your time with the Lord. Couple devotions are amazing to God! If you want it to be just the Lord and you at times, you can go to a separate bedroom and just let your husband know you want time to spend with God for however long you wish. It’ll work out, God will make sure.

  • Dee Ann Rainwater says:

    I work as an Intern at my local church. Our Staff is encouraged to take one day off called a DAWG day (Day Away With God)…not a sick day or vacation day, just a day set aside for each employee. This is a great template for a way to get your day started and see it through. I’m so grateful to be a part of a church team that sees this as a value…no a neccesity! Thanks for this submission!

  • Emy says:

    Its been splendid! i thank the Lord i didn’t make the error of choosing another article this morning. I’ve actually been thinking of taking time off to be alone with the Lord, i’ve actually been inspired by your guidelines and i so much long for this time which i plan to take at the end of this month to move away from family and friends for three days with the Lord alone.
    You’ve truely blessed my heart, may the Lord shower upon you a double portion in Jesus name

  • Martha says:

    Thank you,spiritualy Ihave been uplifted,yes Itrust GOD keep it up

  • Bev says:

    Thank you for this very informative article. God is so faithful!!!! He knew my heart’s desire to spend a day with Him, and He provided me with this article as to how to go about it! Thank you so much! Blessings

  • Mary says:

    I would love to do this but I don’t have a clue as to how it can be done. I’m a senior with a husband who is retired so that I am never really alone. Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can at least try this.

  • Marty says:

    Perfect timing …I am self-employed. At times the responsibility is too much! Was thinking I needed a day by myself at my most favorite place, a beach! God spoke clearly via you …”spend a day with Me”.

  • Maureen says:

    Thank you so much for publishing this article. I have devoted a day to the Lord and have found it to be very helpful, especially when I was struggling with a decision. The next few weeks will be very busy, and I cannot think of a better way to prepare for them than to spend time gaining spiritual insight and strength.

  • Winni says:

    Thanks for this article, sometimes the cares of life overtake us and our time we should be spending with God we have to fight for it. Thanks for the awesome reminder!

  • Mimi Bullock says:

    Hi,
    Wow! Thanks for such an inspirational piece. It was needed!
    I’m a Christian writer who writes regularly for different sites including Ministry to Children. Are you currently in the market for some new articles geared to childrens’ ministry or Christian parenting? I would be happy to provide samples and all pertinent information.
    Thank you for your answer!
    And for the article!
    Mimi Bullock

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