“Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” -James 4:8
If you want to get to know someone, you have to spend time with them, right? Spending time daily with Jesus in prayer is the way to get to know Him. Consider setting aside 15 minutes each morning before school to be with Jesus. Here are a few steps that you can follow in daily prayer time:
Fix Your Eyes on Jesus
Start your time of prayer by focusing on God and asking Him to speak to you during your prayer. Turn your life over to God and ask Him to work in your heart.
Spend time thanking God for the blessings you have received in your life.
Read the scripture passage of the day. Ask yourself questions such as: “Who do I identify with in this scripture passage?” “What does this passage say to me?”
Reflection and Listening
Ask yourself, “What is God saying to me through this scripture? Is God using this passage to tell me something? To ask me to do something?”
Pray that you will become closer to God, that you will become more and more like Christ. Pray for your own needs and the needs of those you love.
What do you want to do in response to what you have read and heard in this morning’s prayer time? We suggest that you journal your resolution. Conclude with an “Our Father” or whatever prayers you like.
Prayer is our avenue to a relationship with God. God is available to us every moment of every day. Let’s decide to make ourselves available to Him.