What are some challenges you face to experiencing intimacy with God?
Ryan Wayson Falling asleep is often a problem. Jesus is better than sleep…or air for that matter (not what we shouldn’t breathe). Also, all of a sudden other things I “need” to get done begin flooding my mind and I must set them aside and “take every thought captive into obedience to Christ.” Ministry can get in the way when the enemy turns my gifting into an idol, and I begin finding my identity in it and not the Lord. Sometimes I feel that as I pray I “should” be out witnessing and vice versa. All of these distractions are essentially from the enemy because we know that our “battle is not with flesh and blood”. If we are kept from praying long and witnessing often, the devil has had his victory over the Christian.
- Time – we all face this challenge. Too many things are vying for our attention. Management of time is a key to intimacy.
- Silence and Solitude – I’m too used to noise and being around people. They get in the way of my intimacy with God.
- Activity – My schedule is too full. American Christianity says that you have to be a spiritual work-a-holic or you aren’t trying hard enough. We feel guilty when we go off for a day or so even to get close to God. We equate busy with spiritual. Great theologians and writers (Edwards, Torrey, Tozer, etc.) didn’t have as many distractions as we have today. We have way too much going on and technology doesn’t exactly help. Computers, too many tv channels, cell phones, can keep us too busy. If you are too busy to spend time with God, you are busier than God intends for you to be.
Lacy Nuckols I face the challenge that sometimes I fall into the thought that having intimacy with God is a formula. “Well if I prayed for 30 minutes yesterday and it really helped me feel close to Him yesterday, then I should pray for 30 minutes today so I can feel close to Him today.” This way of thinking has led to much disappointment in my life.
Kyle Hoover Busyness. So many things want to suck time and life out of me. There will always be contenders for specific times in your day to pray, read, and meditate over the Lord.