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An Hour A Day
My heart says of You, “Seek His face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek. Psalm 27:8
Dr. Alexander Maclaren was a great Scottish preacher. He believed the power of his preaching came from a regular habit: spending an hour each day alone with God. Sometimes he allowed others into his study for his prayer time, but they were never allowed to speak. Dr. Maclaren would sit in a well-worn armchair with his Bible lying across his knees. Sometimes he’d read its pages, but mostly he’d just sit with his hand over his face. If he did read the Bible during that hour, he wouldn’t read it as a student, or study it for sermons. During those times, “he read it as a child would read a letter from an absent father, or your heart would drink in the words of a loved one from far away,” an observer noted.
How long do you spend with God? You can’t expect God to whisper His secrets in the five minutes before your head hits the pillow. He deserves more of your time than that, and knows that none of us human-brains can process His information in that time frame and in our sleepy-headedness. Psalm 27:8 says, “When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.’’”Seeking His face takes patience and time. Time when your brain is at top form. Sometimes God may want that period of silent waiting before He will speak.
Heavenly Father, give me the discipline to give You the prime part of my day to allow You to speak to me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen