“Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going”~ Jim Rohn
When something becomes a habit it becomes effortless to do it. We do it without much though about the process of getting it done. Because it is so familiar, we could almost do it in our sleep. Getting and staying close to God necessitates that we form habits, habits such as regular bible reading and prayer times.
We want to be “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yield its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither- whatever they do prospers” (Psalm 1: 3 NIV). We want to deepen our relationship with God.
In the natural world when we want to have a relationship with someone, we spend time with them. We engage them directly in order to get to know them. We can apply this principle to our relationship with God, which is definitely our most important relationship.
Good Habits to Cultivate
Consistent bible reading: Goes without saying right? If we want to abide in Christ the word of God must abide in us. If we do not read the word then the word cannot abide in us. How can we know what God wants from us if we are not examining his inspired word to us. D.L. Moody tell us that, “If you do not feed upon God’s promises you will be of no use in God’s service”. Sovereign Grace Its Source, Its Nature and Its Effects
Regular prayer times: The Bible tell us that “the earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful result” (James 5: 16 NLT) and 1 Thess. 5:7 tell us to, “never stop praying”. We are to always pray, pray without ceasing. The importance of prayer cannot be over emphasized.
Joseph Jordan puts it this way,“When Christians don’t stay near the Lord in prayer and meditation in their daily activities, they have a tendency to turn to their false gods. (Moses, A Life Study And Commentary: Outstanding Men Of the Bible We commune with God to ensure that we are not influenced by destructive forces.
Application of the word of God to our lives: It’s not just good enough to read the word but we must apply it to our lives. James tell us that, “we should not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves”. Do what it says (James 1:22 NIV). Our actions should reflect the nature of Christ. That we are new creatures and we are being transformed by the renewing of our minds into his image each day.
A heart of thanksgiving.: We must develop a heart that acknowledges the sacrifice God made for us to be right with him. A heart that is thankful that he loves us so much and wants to commune with us daily. 2 Corinthians 9:15 reminds us to give “thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift.
When we practice these disciplines they become indispensable habits that will make a difference in our relationship with God. They will deepen our understanding of God’s purpose for our lives.