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How to Grow Closer to God in 2019

Grow Closer to God

We are journeying through 12 Days of Christmas. Today we meet Kevin Cunningham who has written Time with God, how to grow closer to God.

The Time with God book by Kevin T. Cunningham, is designed to help us grow closer to God and to build confidence and consistency in our personal prayer lives. As we focus on God and spend time with him, we can bring our joys and needs to him. Then, we will be better able to partner with God in what he is looking to do in and through us.  

At the heart of Time with God, is a desire to develop the habit of communing with God in practical, powerful, and personal ways. Practical, because we will balance four different aspects of prayer. Powerful, because we will use God’s Word as the basis for many of our prayers.

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This book is filled with Scripture verses translated from the original languages and reworded into prayers.  They are chosen to help us nurture and develop our focus on God and our love for him. Personal because you’ll find space each day to write (or draw) your own personal prayers. As you get more comfortable with the concept, it will revolutionize the way you read the Bible on your own. 

Below are two portions from the Time with God explaining how to use the book and a sample day focusing on the love of God. 

How to Use This Book 

The main section of the book contains sets of daily prayers, each focusing on a different attribute of God. For each day, you will find:  

  • A very brief statement about the attribute or characteristic of God for the day. 
  • Four sections offering a suggested Scripture Prayer  
  • Four sections offering space for your own Personal Prayers.  

Each day will include four groups of prayers, as mentioned earlier, organized by the acronym of ACTS, standing for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.  

Pray the suggested Scripture Prayer from each of the ACTS sections to God. It might help to read the prayer silently first. If you feel led, you can use the spaces for Personal Prayers to write your own prayers in each category.  

Lastly, when praying in the Supplication (earnestly bringing our requests to God) sections, note that many of the verses are focused on the needs of the person praying. As you feel led, you can pray for other people by substituting their names in place of words like “me,” “we,” or “us.”  

For example, in the Supplication section of the “God Is Love” chapter, we find this prayer:  

Lord, since you loved us in this way, surely we should love one another. Please help me to pass on the love that I have received. 

—Modified from 1 John 4:11 

After praying that God helps you pass on the love you have received from God, you could then pray the same prayer for any of your family members, friends, or even your pastor. You could pray…  

Lord, since you loved us in this way, surely we should love one another. Please help ______ to pass on the love that (he/she) has received. 

—Modified from 1 John 4:11  

This will become second nature after you do it the first few times. 

Day 13: God Is Love  

God proactively seeks the best for others even at great cost to himself. 

Scripture Prayers 

Adoration 

Your unfailing love is better than life itself; my lips will praise you! So, I will bless you while I live. I will lift up my hands in your name. 

—Modified from Psalm 63:3 

Confession 

Please forgive me for not allowing your love to flow through me. So often, I am not patient or kind. Forgive me for times when I envy, or brag, or am proud and seek my own way instead of what’s better for others. 

—Modified from 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 

Thanksgiving 

Lord Jesus, I thank you that you demonstrated your own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, you died for us. 

—Modified from Romans 5:8 

Supplication 

(Pray this for yourself first. Then, pray it for someone else also.) 

Lord, please help us remember that you are our God, and that you are the only God. Help us to love you as we should—with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength. Also, please help us to love others as you would. 

—Modified from Mark 12:29-30 

Personal Prayer 

Adoration  

Lord, I praise you because you are… 

Confession  

Lord, please forgive me for… 

Thanksgiving  

Lord, I thank you for… 

Supplication  

Lord, please… 

You can learn more about Time with God: Develop Confidence and Consistency in Your Personal Prayer Life at www.TimeWithGodbook.com or on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017ETI8SK 

About Kevin 

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Rock and roll was my life! I was a disc-jockey on radio and in night clubs. I used to entertain people for a night; now I can impact people for eternity. 

My background includes Christian radio, church-planting in Milan, Italy and local pastoral ministry in the U.S. Kevin is currently serving as an Intentional Interim Pastor in Gloucester, MA.  I consider myself very blessed to be a Husband to Alesa for over thirty years and a Dad to Cathy, Grace & John 

Disclaimer:

I have not read this book but it looks interesting.

Why It’s Hard to Agree With My Husband

How to learn to Get Along

I’m joining Five Minute Friday just to write for 5 minutes on a word. Today’s word is AGREE.

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Setting the timer: GO

I don’t always agree with my husband. We have been married for 46 years and we are still happily married. It’s not because I always agree with him. On the contrary I am probably the hardest person to live with. We are probably still together because he has patience in dealing with me.

I tend to jump at things before I can think them through.

I used to get totally angry at him when he said something I didn’t understand or didn’t agree with.

But – there is a bright side here. I am learning. Here are 5 things I am learning through my study of God’s Word.

Five Ways to Work Through Agreement

  1. If I start the day with study and writing my prayers to God – and listening to Him, I am better to prepared not to fall into the pit.
  2. Right now I am studying Proverbs in an online study group I lead. This practice is helping me watch what I say – because it’s a daily reminder.
  3. I am calmer overall. As I have grown closer to God I listen to Him more than I listen to myself. That’s a very important part of my peace.
  4. I know that to agree is not always possible. But to listen to his side is possible. I’m learning to bite my tongue and try to hear the other side.
  5. I’ve seen my anger in the past. I’ve seen how I like to control. Knowing these sins helps me learn to tread more carefully as I know what triggers my reactions. SELF.

Time’s Up.. 5 minutes goes quickly.

Here is a selection of wisdom that God has shown me this month on my words and my tongue.

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agreeDo you have trouble being agreeable? Can you see ways to curb your tongue? Can you find a way to negotiate between you and someone else?

One more thought. I always need to agree with God and what I hear from Him. There is no way I want to disagree with what He says.

A few other thoughts on this matter and why it’s hard to agree.

What’s pushing My buttons?

My podcasts about Words can be found here.

Call to Action:

Are you struggling with time to study God’s Word? Do you need a booster shot of inspiration?

Join us at our closed Facebook Group – Growing Through God’s Word.

And you can find me on Instagram too.

Sunday Stillness – What is Prayer? LINK

Sunday Stillness – What is Prayer?

What is Prayer?

As I have spent more time with God the past few days He has shown me something I didn’t really know before. Well I guess I knew it but it didn’t really sink in. Here is the question I have been asking myself.

What is prayer?

I thought it was a conversation with God but now I think it is more than that. Reading from Oswald Chambers this month I came across this statement:

Prayer is perfect and complete oneness with God.

Wow – not just talking and listening but really being in communion with God. I like that. The more time I spend with Him, reading His Word – and thinking, and studying and really sitting down… yup sitting down with Him – then we get closer.

About 15 years ago when I first started my journey to learn about Jesus and God I drew a picture. Here is what it looked like. My fervent wish at that time was to move my line closer to God. Over these years I feel that has happened.

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And looking back in my journal from 2001 I found I wrote this. “I am ready for a full productive day.” And that was after time with God in prayer and study.

 

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Now I don’t do it right all the time – or even most of the time. But sometimes, I feel like I’ve understood.

Just sit with God.

Slow down and take that time to rest in Him. He always gives me more than enough time to get “other stuff” done. And He even gives me help in ways that I couldn’t have imagined.

If you are feeling rushed, frustrated, angry, out of sorts – may I suggest you stop right now. Stop reading. Stop typing, stop everything and breathe in the breath of God. He will lower your blood pressure. He will stop the headaches. He will give you the peace you need and the strength to keep going.

Tweetable:

What is prayer? Is it talking or listening to God? Or is it more? (tweet this)

 

Today is Sunday Stillness.

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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“STEEPED TEA” PRAYERS

“Steeped Tea” Prayers

by Jan Cox 

I am not a perfectionist when it comes to making tea but I do know tea needs to steep before I pour and drink it.

To steep – “to soak in water or other liquid so as to extract its flavour or to soften it.”

As I sipped my tea today I thought about the steeping process and how it compared to my life and to my prayer life.

In my writing I try to let my ideas and thoughts settle in my mind and spirit, possibly before writing down my scattered thoughts (some writers say to write everything down but I like thinking and pondering first). Then I start putting my thoughts into the written word that will make sense to the reader (hopefully).

Even when I write for five minutes for Five-Minute Fridays with The Gyspy Mama, I confess that after I check the word of the week, I let it tumble around through my mind awhile before writing.

In my painting it is also true – I think of an idea; then I let pictures float through my mind before I feel ready to paint. When I do that it makes for a better painting.

In my prayer life I love early mornings. This is my time to get steeped in the Word; to pray and to think about God and His blessings.

And the actually act of praying – that is steeping my soul.

“But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you.
He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you.
God takes the time to do everything right—everything.
Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones” (Isaiah 30:18 The Message).

All the thoughts in my head get mixed around with the Holy Spirit, Jesus and God. It is a joining of my mind with God – awesome.

As you know some types of teas take longer to steep – some as long as fifteen minutes. So we, too, need to wait on the right timing with God. He waits for us to be ready. Then He makes things happen. It is in His timing. Oswald Chambers says that:

“you will get to the place where there is no distance between the Father and His child because the Lord has made you one, and “in that day ye shall ask Me no question.”” (May 28).

A wonderful cup of tea – steeped for the right time – tastes wonderful. Prayers and time with God – steeped for the right time – peace, contentment, and trust.

Are you letting your prayers and your time with God be just right? Don’t rush God. He has the perfect timing. Your “prayer tea” will be perfect if you follow His instructions in waiting.

Just as an aside. The idea of steeped tea started in the middle of the night and worked around in my mind until I drank my early morning cup of tea. Hopefully I allowed enough time for my thoughts to steep and be full flavoured to make an interesting post.

My Gratitude List – counting to 2000. I am at 1421.

      • learning that fear and praise cannot live together
      • “prayer is not an exercise, it is the life” (Oswald Chambers, May 26).
      • great drive for workshop for upcoming VIBE (our vacation Bible School)
      • looking after my grandson at a wedding ceremony
      • rocking him back to sleep (mmm good)
         
      • understanding the awesomeness of Pentecost (sermon Part 1, sermon Part 2)
      • listening to birds sing on our morning walk
      • a few butterflies crossing my path
      • reminding myself to slow down
      • thinking how fascinating it is to talk to anyone in the world (mine was to B.C.)
      • sweet message from my granddaughter left on answering machine
      • summer weather in May – swimming in the lakes (Not me!)
      • getting the Apple TV to stream a movie without pausing
      • our 41st Anniversary
      • more butterflies
      • Wayne off to a native community on a fact finding mission to access their situation and see if our church can help
      • ordered 5 more books from Shutterfly at a 40% discount
      • watched Guy Chevreau 1st video sermon on prayer. “Self-directed or Spirit-led Prayer”

Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator.