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6 Guidelines for Your Time Alone With God by Billy Graham

BG-Living Word Quote and 6 Guidelines for time alone with god Blog Title size(1)Do you devote time each day to be alone with God?  If you are in this practice, you know how special that time can be.  We hope the insights Billy Graham offers here will be a blessing to you.

By Billy Graham

Several practical guidelines have been helpful to me in maintaining a vital and regular time with God.

FIRST, set aside time each day to spend time with God.  It may be early in the morning, or at least before you begin the day’s regular activities.  Make it a time when you are mentally alert, when you have no distractions, and you are not rushed.  Discipline yourself to keep this time every day, even when travel or a busy schedule makes it difficult.  Make it such a regular part of your life that you would no more skip it than you would miss eating a meal.

SECOND, come with a spirit of expectancy and obedience.  Expect God to meet you through His Word, and tell Him that you want to be taught by Him.  Come with a willingness to hear His Word and then to obey it.  Remember: God the Holy Spirit has inspired the Bible, and we must look expectantly to Him to illumine our understanding of it.

THIRD, read through the Bible systematically.  It is far too easy to dwell only on familiar passages, or skip around almost at random finding passages that happen to appeal to us.  But we need to understand “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27, RSV), and we need therefore to read and study every part of the Bible.  Some people find it helpful to have a plan by which they will cover the entire Bible in a year.

FOURTH, read thoughtfully and prayerfully, and then meditate on what you have read.  Some people pride themselves on covering a set number of chapters each day—but have no idea what they have read when they are finished!  In his helpful little booklet “Manna in the Morning,” Dr. Stephen F. Olford wrote, “Read the portion at least three times.  Read it carefully to discover what is there generally.  The next time, peruse it for what is there specially.  Then study it for what is there personally. … [Then] say: ‘Lord, as I look at this passage this morning, is there any command to obey?  Is there any promise to claim?  Is there any new thought to follow and pursue? Is there any sin to avoid?  Is there any new thought about God?  About the Lord Jesus?  About the Holy Spirit?  About the devil?’ Seek to discover what God is saying to you from the passage you have read.”

FIFTH, make prayer a central part of your time with God.  In our Bible study, God speaks to us; in our prayer times, we speak to God.  Make prayer first of all a time of praise and thanksgiving.  Then pray about the passage of Scripture you have just read, asking Him to show you specific ways that it applies to your life.  In addition, confess your sins to God.  Finally, bring before God your own needs and the needs of others.  Many people find it helpful to keep a prayer diary, in which they list those for whom they are praying and note God’s specific answers.

FINALLY, put what you have learned into action, and walk with Christ every minute of the day.  Perhaps God has been speaking to you in your quiet time about your relationship with someone in your family or a co-worker.  Commit that situation into His hands—and then move forward in obedience and faith, knowing that the Holy Spirit will help you as you seek to have a right relationship with that person.

From My Daily Prayer Journal With Insights By Billy Graham
(Now called Rooted in Prayer: A Personal Prayer Journal With Insights by Billy Graham)


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Need Some Time Away With God?

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” – Jesus

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Looking out over God’s creation from the deck of the Training Center.

It’s a new year and many of us are a couple of weeks into working on our New Year’s resolutions.

What are your goals for 2014?  Perhaps you have set up a plan to maintain a healthier lifestyle through diet and exercise.  Maybe you are working on landing that perfect job you’ve always wanted.  Is this the year you will finally stick to your financial budget?  All worthy goals, indeed. 

But what about setting a goal with eternal benefits?     

Have you considered committing to deepening your relationship with God this year?  

Tending to this relationship would leave a lasting–eternal–impression. 

Would you agree that our lives are more meaningful when we choose to make our relationship with our Heavenly Father our number one priority?

Isn’t it true that whether we are deep in a valley or high on a mountaintop, when we feel God’s presence, there is nothing more comforting or life sustaining?   

At The Cove, we are committed to preparing a place of peace, love, beauty and care which creates a safe space for your divine meetings with God, minus the distractions of daily life.  Our Personal Spiritual Retreats are designed with all of this in mind. 

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Warm yourself by the fire as you reflect on the goodness of God.
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Enjoy prayer time at the beautiful Chatlos Memorial Chapel on the property.

  

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Enjoy the solitude along a beautiful stream on our 1,200 acre property.

Following are some words our guests have shared from their experiences while on a Personal Spiritual Retreat at The Cove.

“If you need a place to relax in the beauty God created and a time of quiet reflection, this is a wonderful place to be.  God’s presence is here.”

“Prayer was such a strong part of this retreat.  All the people here reinforced prayer and hospitality.”

“I loved the free time and the variety of places inside and out.  To be still and read, pray, journal, be quiet and rest, to walk around inside and out.  I also loved the fellowship, laughter and Godly conversations at meal times.  We made good friends.  You really can have intimate alone time with God here in a wonderful environment.”

“I heard God clearly.”

“The Cove facility is completely covered in prayer and the presence of God. There’s no other place like it.”

“Everyone should take some time out of their busy lives to reflect on their relationship with God.”

“It is truly a wonderful experience.  It’s time away from the business of life to reflect on your closeness to God. Drawing closer to God through pray and reading His word.”

“This is special place and the retreat was well worth it. We have never spent time alone like this, just being in God’s presence.”

“This retreat was life changing.”

We hope you will consider spending some quiet time with God at The Cove this year.  It would be our pleasure to serve you as you grow deeper in your relationship with your Heavenly Father. 

Click here to see available dates for both self-directed and guided Personal Spiritual Retreats at The Cove in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.