As we read the bible there is no debating that God desires a relationship with his people. This week and over the next 40 days we hope that you will participate in these devotions in a “talk with Jesus kind of way”, not an academic “complete the assignment” kind of way. That will mean simply talking with Jesus as you read, throughout your day, and in a deliberate place and time that you have made to meet with him.
Make a decision today to carve out time from your regular daily activities. How much is up to you. Ask the Lord what he wants and respond to him. 10, 20, 30 minutes? Do what you think he is telling you. As you ask questions of what you are reading, don’t just ask them to yourself or friends, but ask God to show you their meaning and ask God to speak to you.
Over the next week and in the days to come we encourage you to stop and listen for God's voice. When you do these devotions, we hope that you will draw near to him and we are certain that he will draw near to you. Listen for his voice, we are certain that he is with you!
Key verse: James 4:8 “draw near to God and he will draw near to you”
Additional verses for mediation and study:
· Moses relationship with God Ex 33:7-33
· 2 Chronicles 15:2, Rev 3:20
Prayerful time in God’s word:
Take some time at the beginning to simply thank God for whatever comes to mind, ask him to help you spend the next few minutes with him. Confess your need for Him and desire to draw near to Him.
Read Exodus 33:7-33
Some questions to ponder with God this week:
· What about Moses’ meeting with God is special and unique? In what unique ways does the Lord want to meet with you and you with him?
· Looking at Exodus 33:13, Ask the Lord to “teach you his ways, so that you can know him"
· Make a list of God's ways in this passage and the other passages listed. How do you see God's ways in your life this week? Ask God to reveal his ways to you.
Special Prayer Discipline: In your designated times of prayer make time to “listen” for God's voice. Simply ask him to speak to you. Make note of what he tells you and pray about whatever comes to mind.
Here is an Idea: Be sure to pray the key verse this week and consider memorizing it!
Key Verse James 4:8 “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”