Now this is a topic I could probably talk about all day. For there are an infinite number of ways to spend time with God. I truely believe that God created us all unique for unique purposes. Thus we each spend time with God a little differently. That being said, God is God. He is the same always and for all time. There are a couple of key tools we need to help us spend time with God otherwise we might make God into something he is not. For God is who God is, not who we think he is, want him to be or wish he was.
It is through spending time with God we are transformed into our new selves through Christ. Spending time with God does not mean God changes rather you are the one changed. If your not changing then I would argue that something is wrong with your method
If you think about this concept literally then it is pretty simple. If you want to spend time with Jesus then where is Jesus found? The best place to look is with other Jesus followers and the four gospels of the bible.
1. Prayer- if you do not talk to someone how will you ever get to know them? Prayer can take a variety of forms but prayer is also not just about talking, it is about listening. How do you listen to Jesus? Well the Bible is his words so that’s the best place to start (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John are devoted to Jesus’s life on earth). For me personally, prayer has been a big part of my spiritual life. But I tend to do it a little differently than others. For when I sit with my head bowed my mind wonders an infinite amount of place or I fall asleep. I find prayer easier and more fruitful when I am active. As a gymnast I prayed during my training. Later in life running became my big prayer time. Now painting is my biggest prayer time. Similarly I am a writer. It focuses my mind and I have written prayers since I was a child. There are several tools out there to help people pray. There are guided prayers through podcast. The Bible can be found in audio versions through apps on your phone. For prayer is not just about asking for things you want God to do for you. Praying through scripture is always a good place to start if you are not sure where to begin. Similarly praying through the same scripture repeatedly is not a waste of time. It is not about how fast you can get through something, rather it’s about being present with Jesus.
2. Spend time with the body of Christ. Who is the body of Christ? Jesus followers. There are many ways to spend time with Christians with bible studies and church services being the most obvious. In my experience I spent many years attending church services without even interacting with others. I truly believe it is the interaction with other Christians, not attending a church service that has the biggest impact. If you think of your fellow Christian as a vessel for Jesus then how are you spending time with Jesus if all you do is shake there hand one time and sit by them listening to someone talk for an hour. I am not saying that church services are not important or useful. I am just saying that interaction with other Christians is what is key. For other Christians are the best place for us to rub up against each other so that all the rough edges are softened. Similarly it is a place to practice what we are learning in our prayer life. For it is our action toward others that is a good test.
As I have said before I could talk about this topic for forever. There are thousands of years worth of people explaining different avenues for prayer and spending time with God. The point I want to make is that interaction with God through prayer and the Bible is key. Interaction with the body of Christ is key. How you do these things is not as important as finding a way that works with your personality, gifting, weaknesses and strengths.
Similarly how do you know if what you are doing is working? Well are you changing? Are you growing into the person Jesus wants you to be? Are you producing fruit of the spirit? As you actually living out the life Jesus says we should live? If these things are happening then your life is a testimony to what you are doing. If these things are not happening then I would question your methods.
“That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:20-24