We know it’s important to spend time with God: “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33), “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105), and “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you” (James 4:8). And yet it can be really hard to consistently spend time focused on God and to protect against legalism during that time.
We asked Xenos church leaders what they do to keep their quiet time with God fresh.
Gary DeLashmutt, lead pastor, says he begins by asking God for open eyes. And he mixes things up. “Sometimes I read through a book of the Bible. There are times that I read a smaller passage for several days and try to memorize it. Or at times I get arrested by a Biblical theme and look at different passages on that theme. When I’m feeling depressed or under accusation, I just read passages about God’s love and promises.”
James Rochford, elder and senior sphere leader says, “I’m reading through the Psalms right now and paraphrasing what I’m reading verse by verse. It helps me interact with what I’m reading. I’m also reading a commentary on the Psalms out of Expositor’s.”
Pat Reeder, Division Coordinator of Equipping, says he introduces variety by going to a different location or sitting someplace unusual. “When I feel like things are getting stale, I write psalms. I’ve used simple rhyming schemes, alliteration and other formats to keep it interesting.” Pat feels like creativity focusing on a Biblical theme forces deeper mental exercise similar to Scriptural meditation.