The goal of Time With God is to help you connect to God through Scripture and prayer. We hope you learn about God and the Bible, but much more than that, we hope you relate to God day by day. Time With God is made up of four parts and is designed to be experienced within 15 to 30 minutes. Take it at your pace.
- GETTING STARTED is designed to help you settle your heart and mind as you begin to meet with God. There are often questions to help you prepare to interact with the Bible. Sometimes you will come to your time with God distracted by life and your schedule. It might help to talk to God about those things and ask God to help you focus on him and the Word.
- READ THE WORD. Here you will be given a passage of Scripture. We suggest that you read it a couple of times, perhaps out loud once as well. Reading it slowly is one of the most important things you can do in spending time with God.
- The DIGGING DEEPER section of Time With God provides three to five questions to help you understand the passage and apply it to your life. Take some time to think and reflect on the Word. You may get through all the questions, but if one or two of the questions help you connect to God and grow, feel free to stop there. We suggest you write your answers – it will help you slow down and think and help you remember later the ways God is encouraging and challenging you to grow. Remember – the digging deeper section is not primarily about learning and understanding the Bible as much as it is about applying the Bible to our lives. Acting on the Word in response to God is the way we grow in relationship to God and see lasting, joyful transformation.
- The RESPOND TO GOD section of Time With God provides a brief devotional thought and some suggestions for prayer. Take every freedom to use these prompts or to pray as God leads. The goal is for you to relate to God openly and honestly. We suggest that you try different forms of prayer to see what helps you best. Perhaps try journaling (writing your prayers), praying out loud, or walking as you pray. Many find these methods helpful to focus and relate to God.
About Knowing God, by J.I. Packer
Knowing God is more than knowing about him; it is a matter of dealing with him as he opens up to you, and being dealt with by him as he takes knowledge of you. If the decisive factor [in Scripture Study] was notional correctness, then obviously the most learned Biblical scholars would know God better than anyone else. But it is not; you can have all the right notions in your head without ever tasting in your heart the realities to which they refer; and a simple Bible reader and sermon hearer who is full of the Holy Spirit will develop a far deeper acquaintance with his God and Savior than a more learned scholar who is content with being theologically correct. The reason is that the former will deal with God regarding the practical application of truth to his life whereas the latter will not. When we study Scripture the almighty Creator, the Lord of hosts, the great God before whom the nations are as a drop in a bucket, comes to you and begins to talk to you through the words and truths of Holy Scripture. Perhaps you have been acquainted with the Bible and Christian truth for many years, and it has meant little to you; but one day you wake up to the fact that God is actually speaking to you-- you!-- through the biblical message. As you listen to what God is saying, you find yourself brought very low; for God talks to you about your sin, and guilt, and weakness, and blindness, and folly, and compels you to judge yourself hopeless and helpless, and to cry out for forgiveness. But this is not all, you come to realize as you listen that God is actually opening his heart to you, making friends with you, and enlisting you as a colleague. From Knowing God, J.I. Packer, InterVarsity Press, 1993.