How To Spend Time Alone With God (With Printable Pamphlet)

By Pastor Joshua

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“And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23

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If Jesus, even though he is God, went up on a mountain to pray, then surely we who follow Him must also spend time alone with God! But how should we spend time with God? At the risk of being overly simple, I want to encourage you to do three biblically commanded things regularly when you meet with God. Spend time in prayer, in God’s Word, and in singing. If you are a true worshipper of God, then you prioritize God over everything else because you consider Him worthy of your best and your all. This is what the word worship means, to declare one to be worthy. Words of praise are worthless unless accompanied by actions of worship such as spending regular time with God!

Here are three short devotionals which teach you why and how to do these three essential things in your daily private worship of God. These should also be part of your regular worship of God with His people in church!

You will need the following: a Bible (I recommend the English Standard Version for High School and adults, and the New Living Translation for Middle School), a notebook and pens, and a songbook, hymnal, or access to YouTube.

I recommend that you find a time each day to be alone with God. I prefer early mornings, but do what works for you. Set a reminder on your phone, or put a note on your desk or bathroom mirror to remind you. Ask a friend to hold you accountable, to check in with you once a week or so to find out how you are doing on your daily time with God. 

May God bless you as you learn to walk with Him!

First Devotional

Prayer: I would encourage you to begin each day with the Lord’s prayer, which you will eventually memorize if you pray it each morning. Here it is from Matthew 6:9-13 ESV:

“Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Amen

The Word: God speaks to us primarily through the scriptures. So when we come to meet with God, we must spend time reading and meditating on the Bible. Today we will consider Matthew 6:9-13, the Lord’s Prayer, which we just prayed. Take a moment to read it again thoughtfully and prayerfully, asking God to help you understand it.

Now that you have read through the text, begin asking questions of the text and write down your answers in your notebook on a fresh page. Start with the 5 Ws and an H (What, when where, who, why and how). Then ask what the text teaches you about God, about yourself, and about how Jesus is good news! Finally, ask the Lord to show you how He wants you to respond. Is there a sin to confess and turn away from? Is there a belief which needs corrected or a promise to claim? Is there someone you need to share this truth with? Is there something confusing in the text which you want to ask your pastor or Sunday school teacher to help you understand? Write that action item down in your notebook and circle it. You will want to look back at it later to see if you did it.

Be sure to write the date and passage at the top of your notebook page so you can look back at what the Lord taught you!

The big takeaway I hope you got out of this passage is that we need Jesus to teach us how to pray, and we need to regularly pray like Jesus did! Praying the scriptures, especially the Psalms, is a very good and Biblical practice!

Singing: Finally, close your time out with a song of worship. This could be a hymn, praise song, or Old Testament Psalm. Sing to the Lord with your whole heart! Make sure to find songs which are based on scripture! If you need help with that, ask your pastor, elder, or Sunday school teacher. Perhaps you could sing Word of God Speak By Bart Millard and Pete Kipley of MercyMe. You can find it on YouTube.

Second Devotional

Prayer: Open with the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13. Add your own praises, thanksgivings, and requests.

The Word: Read Joshua 1:8

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

Question the text and write down your observations in your journal. Ask God to give you at least one application, something to believe, pray or do in response to His Word! Write it down and circle it!

Today’s big lesson is the necessity of daily time in the Word! We need to spend time in God’s Word every day!

Singing: Close with a song of praise. Perhaps you could sing Show us Christ By Bob Kauflin and Doug Plank

Third Devotional

Prayer: Open with the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13. Add your own praises, thanksgivings, and requests.

The Word: Read Colossians 3:16

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

Write your observations from the text in your notebook. And don’t forget to look for an application, something God wants you to do which arises from the text!

Singing: Close with a song of praise. Perhaps you could sing Speak, O Lord By Keith and Kristyn Getty. (Find it on YouTube)

Ongoing Devotionals

I would encourage you to pick a book of the Bible and begin working through it verse by verse. Start with James or First John. Take a short section at a time. Open in prayer, then read the next passage of scripture, write down some notes from the passage, and close with a song of praise. 

I would also encourage you to get involved in a Bible study at your church where you can learn to follow Jesus together and dig deeper into the Word than is possible in these daily devotions. May God bless you as you continue to walk with Him! 

Attached is this article in pamphlet form for you to handout. Simply print it double-sided and fold it in half!


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