It’s Pastor Amy, and I have a question for you…
What do you think is the most important thing you need to do TODAY?
Get ready, because this is an earth-shattering revelation right here:
Set a daily date with Jesus—and keep it! I know, I know! Just as soon as you read that, you felt that spirit of religious duty whisper, “Yes, you SHOULD spend more time in prayer, more time reading the Bible. What a bad Christian you are.”
Before you fall into that pattern of thinking, let me say this. YOU DON’T HAVE TO PRAY OR READ THE BIBLE. No one is making you. No one is saying that to be a Christian and to go to heaven, you have to fill a certain quota of prayer hours and read through the Bible 100 times.
But guess what? YOU GET TO PRAY AND READ YOUR BIBLE. The very thing that the devil wants to make you feel is a monotonous religious duty is actually YOUR LIFELINE TO JOY!
We GET to! Jesus opened back up our access to hang out with Him, just like Adam and Eve hung out with Him in the Garden of Eden. The separation between God and man was demolished when Jesus died on the cross.
He didn’t just want visiting rights to His children—He wanted full custody.
God loves spending time with you, His child, His “coheir.” Prayer is simply spending time with Jesus. So here’s a challenge: When you pray, ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you in a greater way.
He is PERSONAL.
He CARES about hanging out with you.
He is SMILING at you in approval.
He’s not demanding that you be subservient and “holy” in order to talk to Him. He simply wants to enjoy your company, love on you, and point you toward the changes you need most in your life, for your own benefit and blessing.
Have coffee with Jesus in the morning, and I dare you to start asking Him the questions closest to your heart—or maybe the silly things that come to your mind. He is so close to your every thought, and He already knows you better than you know yourself.
He’s the best friend and Father we could ever imagine; and even when we blow it and mess up, His love for us burns bright.
Here’s His Heart toward you today:
“‘I have seen what they do, but I will heal them anyway! I will lead them. I will comfort those who mourn, bringing words of praise to their lips. May they have abundant peace, both near and far,’ says the Lord, who heals them” (Isaiah 57:18-19, NLT).
Till the Whole World Hears,
Pastor Amy Freudiger