Okay, I hear you. You want to know how to make time for God, but you just can’t seem to figure out HOW to squeeze in the time.
I fully understand the pressure of doing a million things at once. You can barely find time to eat a proper meal, nonetheless carve out time in your day to spend time with God.
The struggle is REAL.
The thing is, spending alone time with God is crucial for our walk with God. Not to mention crucial for your sanity.
It’s not about “having” the time. It’s about making the time. Throughout this post, my goal is to help you make time for God in a realistic and practical way so that spending time with God will be as natural as your morning cup of coffee.
How to Make Time for God with a Busy Schedule
Importance of Spending Time with God
It might be helpful to first start with the importance of spending time with God. Jesus actually speaks about the importance of spending time with God in John 15. He uses the analogy of spending time with God as a branch being attached to a vine.
If a branch is removed from the vine, it will eventually die. Furthermore, a branch can only bear fruit when it is attached to the vine.
As John 15 says, Jesus is the true vine and our Heavenly Father is the gardener. We are to remain with God (aka spend time with God) and God will remain with us. When we remain with God, it is to the Father’s glory that we bear a lot of fruit.
Bearing fruit can mean a multitude of things, but we can rest assured that we will definitely see the fruits of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) in our lives.
Making God a Priority in Your Life
I once heard somewhere that you prioritize spending time with God like you prioritize spending money. You spend it on what’s the most important to you.
Ouch. That hurts a bit doesn’t it? But, it’s the truth.
The biggest question you need to ask yourself isn’t how can I make time for God but instead, how can I make spending time with God my Number 1 priority.
Where are you already spending your time? It may be helpful to take a look at where your time is going and replace some of it with spending time with God.
When spending time with God becomes your main priority every day, it’s not a chore or a daily ritual. Instead, it becomes the daily bread that you need in order to go out and live the life you were called to live.
Think of it like you have just met a guy that you’re head over heels with. Do you need anyone’s help in making time for him?
Nooooo of course not!
Instead, everything else you need to do fades into the background because you will definitely make time to take his call, his text message, or his date offer.
This is how we’re programmed. When it’s important to us, we make the time. Period.
7 Ways to Spend Time with God
The most important thing to remember when it comes to spending time with God is remember that’s there no “one way” to spend time with God.
God has created us to be unique, and the way we spend time with God is also unique. You should do what feels the most natural to you.
I know people who spend time with God while listening to worship music, going for a walk, sitting down, or standing up.
For me, I couldn’t focus if I was walking around because I get way too distracted. However, for other people, they need to be pacing or walking around in order to think or focus better.
1. Discover Which Ways you Connect with God Best
This might take some trial and error, but try to discover which ways you connect with God best.
Try sitting down and reading the Bible.
Try going for a walk alone and connecting with God
Try putting worship music on and praying
Last but not least, change it up! Does routine drive you crazy? Spend time with God in a new location or in a new way to keep the romance alive. 🙂
You will shortly begin to realize what does and does not work for you so you can develop your own rhythm. This way, spending time with God will become more enjoyable instead of like a chore.
2. Take a Good Hard Look at Your Schedule
If you feel you have no time to spend with God, then you must pay attention to what you are currently spending your time on.
Take an inventory of your average day. What do you do? Where do you go? Is there any way you can steal 10 minutes back so you can have some alone time with God?
It may take some sacrifice, but even the busiest person is able to find 10 minutes to spend with the Lord. When I was working a 9-5 I sacrificed eating lunch with my co-workers so I could spend 20 minutes reading my Bible.
Take a look at your day and try to find where you can prioritize some time for God.
3. Spend Time with God in the Morning
I’ll admit that this bit of advice might not work for everyone, but it definitely works for a lot of people.
I didn’t start spending time with God in the morning until I started working out regularly in the morning.
I began to realize that I was most likely to get my work out in every day (or at least 4 times a week) if I prioritized it for first thing in the morning. As dedicated as I was to working out, I found that things kept popping up in the evenings. I needed to get groceries, run errands, make dinner, the list goes on and on.
But when I prioritized it for first thing every morning, it always was accomplishable because I eliminated any excuses.
The same became true for my morning quiet time with the Lord. I found other times of the day quickly getting filled with others tasks that needed to get done, but my mornings were always reliable.
I began looking forward to waking up and cuddling on the couch with my Bible and hot cup of coffee and digging into the Word.
4. Choose Quality over Quantity
When it comes to our relationship with God, we shouldn’t feel forced to do XYZ every day if we’re not truly absorbing what we are doing. Let’s just say you’ve made it a goal to read a chapter of the Bible every single day, which is an admirable goal. However, if you’re just skimming through the Bible and aren’t truly absorbing what you’re learning, then how much have you really gained?
The same goes with prayer. If you’re not focusing during prayer and your mind is constantly wandering, then how much of that time was truly spent with God?
Our goal should be to spend quality time with God (even if t’s just 5-10 minutes a day) verses spending 30 minutes to an hour of “unfocused” time.
Now before you start beating yourself up, just know that everyone has off days. Some days will be harder to press in then others, but our goal should be to spend quality time with God daily.
5. Do a Combination of Bible Study and Prayer
It’s important for you to BOTH pray and read your Bible regularly. God has given us both resources specifically so we can connect with Him.
Guys, when God provides us with a divine resource for us to get closer to Him, USE IT.
Many people struggle with bible study, and I completely understand your pain.
What has been a game-changer for me was using the Life Application Study Bible. I honestly feel I would be lost without it.
What I love about this Bible is all of the additional information that’s provided. This includes a few paragraphs of the major concept and theme of each book, who wrote the book, why the book was written, the time and setting in history the events occurred, maps with modern names and boundaries to show where the events occurred, the original audience the book was written for, key people and bible verses for each book, and so much more!
It is truly and amazing Bible! If you want to spend more time in the Bible but find it difficult to read and are constantly confused, this Bible is definitely the one for you.
Are you trying to spend more time in prayer but you just keep getting stuck?
You feel like you’re repeating the same thing over and over.
Your mind is constantly wandering about all of the things you need to do or you’re starting to think you’re talking to yourself.
Yep, been there. These types of frustrations will lead you just stop praying because you feel like you’re going nowhere, and you’re losing motivation.
6. Start Small
Often times when we first commit to spending time with God, we vow to spend 3 hours every single day in the Word, prayer, and quiet meditation. As admirable as this is, it is likely that these types of commitments may last a week at best. The trick is to make spending time with God an attainable goal. It’s like going to the gym.
How many of us make our New Year’s resolution going the gym every day? Every year gyms are flooded in January with new membership signups, and every single year, gym attendance is down my March.
When it comes to making time with God, start small.
Spend 10 minutes every day. Once this has become achievable, then bump up to other ways you can connect with God like increasing the amount of time spend with God each day, reading a Bible-based book, starting a devotional, serving at church, joining a small group, or going to church regularly. It’s easier to start small and build your way up then it is to start big and completely lose motivation.
7. Stick with it so Making Time for God Becomes a Habit
It is actually proven that it takes 21 days to create a habit. If you’ve just begun your journey to make time for God but you’re still struggling, just keep pushing! Even if it takes you more than 21 days, that’s completely okay. There will be a point where it becomes easier and you begin to look forward to your time with God.
Make Time for God Bible Verses
It is clear when reading the Bible that making time for God should be our priority. However, with the craziness of day to day life it can be easy to lose track of this. I hope the below bible verses help you and inspire your daily walk with God.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.”
“And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.”
“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!”
1 Chronicles 16:11
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
Making Time for God Quotes
Lastly, who doesn’t love a good quote? There are so many gifted and anointed Christian leaders who inspire me daily. I hope their quotes inspire you, too.
“If you will make time with God your first priority, everything else in your life will fall into place.”
“The time you spend alone with God will transform your character and increase your devotion. Then your integrity and godly behavior in an unbelieving world will make others long to know the Lord.”
“Spending time with God puts everything else into perspective.”
“The biggest battle you will face in life is your daily appointment with God; keep it, or every other battle will become bigger.”
“If you don’t have time to pray and read scriptures, you are busier than God ever intended you to be.”
I hope this guide helps you in how to make time for God with a busy schedule. The biggest takeaway is if you want to spend time with God, you need to make Him a priority in your life. Take a look at your schedule and figure out where you can carve out alone time with God, then stick with it until spending time with God becomes a habit