As prophetic people, our devotional life is not only the centre of our relationship with Jesus; it is also the place where we receive revelation—messages from the heart of God that are the basis of our prophetic ministry.

Here are some thoughts that may help you get a fresh perspective on your quiet times with God, along with some practical tips to help freshen up your devotional life.

A Cafe Culture

Melbourne Cafe LifeToday, we live in a coffee culture. Cafes have become synonymous with connection. Meeting friends or colleagues at a coffee shop has become a regular part of life’s routine for many of us.

You arrive at your favourite cafe. The smell of coffee permeates the air. You are waiting in eager anticipation for the arrival of your friend, colleague or loved one, looking forward to the time you will spend together.

In one area of the cafe, a business meeting is taking place. At another table, a group of mums enjoy coffee together, watching over their young children as they play. Nearby, old friends meet, enjoying each other’s company.

Meeting Jesus

If Jesus invited you to meet with him at your local cafe, how would you feel? What would you do?

As the Psalmist says, ‘Selah.’ Pause and think quietly about that for a moment.

This is the kind of anticipation we should have when it comes to our devotional life.

In Revelation 3:20, Jesus makes an invitation to the church,
‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.’

It seems to me that God thought up cafe moments long before we ever did. Meaningful and intimate connection with people and with Him is part of His original design.

Quality Time With Jesus

The Hunk (Malcolm) and I spend many hours together at home. Although we are together, often we are occupied with our own tasks and priorities. Meeting at a cafe has become a significant way to spend quality time together.

Similarly, we are with God throughout every moment of our daily life. And yet, He invites us to spend quality time with Him. Jesus demonstrated the importance of this when He took time apart to pray and be with His Father (Mark 1:35).

By the end of last year, I was weary from taking on too much ministry responsibility. My daily devotions had been squeezed into a smaller and smaller window of time. Instead of taking time to enjoy God’s Presence, my brief moments with Him were punctuated with desperate calls for help. I am so grateful that He heard and answered those cries.

Exhausted, I had reached the point where I could not face personal Bible study or journaling. Thankfully, since then the Lord has taken me on a journey of rediscovery where quiet times have become a joy, not a duty. I now look forward to meeting with God with anticipation.

It is time for a paradigm-change in the way we view our devotional times with Jesus. Out with dreariness and duty! In with cafe-moments!

Creating Freshness in Our Devotional Life

Changing our perspective about our quiet time with God can help re-ignite our relationship with Him. Here are some practical things you can also do to help refresh your devotional life:

1. Choose the Cafe

  • Designate a space where you can meet with God. It might be an appointment with Him outdoors. It might be a corner, a room, or a chair in your home;
  • Create a fresh and enjoyable environment. Add something new that you personally enjoy. It might mean creating order or removing clutter. It might mean adding an object of beauty, or simply changing the arrangement of furniture.

2. Make the Appointment

  • Consider the best time for you to meet with Jesus, praying and reading the Bible. You can set aside dedicated time in the morning, or if you’re like me, the evenings may be your best option.
  • If you connect best with God through relational means, ask a friend to help keep you accountable. When you meet, ask each other what is happening in your connection times with God, or study and pray together;
  • If you live on the go, don’t give up! Assess times and places where you can connect with God whilst you are in transit. Add Bible study tools to your iPod, car CD player, put a devotional or Bible somewhere you might find yourself waiting.

3. Preview The Menu

  • Consider your devotional tools—Bible, journal, study helps, worship music. Are they still providing interest to your quiet times? If not, change something. A new Bible translation, different study guides, or new worship CD can make a huge difference.

4. Meet Your Friend

  • You arrive at the appointed place of your devotional time with God. You are excited as you anticipate a personal meeting with Jesus. You are looking forward to taking your fill of the food of His Word; of drinking afresh of His Spirit; of spending time with the One who loves you most.

You are in awe that the Creator of the universe desires to connect with you.

Nothing could keep you away. This is your appointment with God.

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© Helen Calder   Enliven Blog   David McCracken Ministries

5 thoughts on “Spiritual Renewal: Cafe Moments With God”

  1. Hi Helen,

    a very interesting perspective. I have found I also need to review my devotional life otherwise it becomes routine and comfortable and you don’t grow when you are inside your comfort zone.

    I’m looking at this area right now so this was a timely and helpful for me.

    Ray Keefe

  2. Now that is the most excellent and practical dialog ever. As you know well, I can relate to that very very well!!
    I am encouraged and…blessed!!
    PS: I like the “Hunk” comment!!

  3. Thanks Ray and Malcolm!
    Ray, you are so right about our devotional life becoming ‘routine.’ Recently I put aside my small journal and bought an A4 sized notepad. I have started using mindmapping instead of traditional journalling and my Bible study and spiritual reflections have taken off! The unstructured, visual approach has set me free and provided a fresh way of approaching my quiet times with God.

  4. Thank u very much Helen ffor your message:last 2yrs when i was sleeping i heard a voice saying if iwant everything to be well in my life i have to woke up when the night ends and pray but i only do that for few nights and stop,is that mean i have miss my appointment with God please help me

  5. Dear Faith, thanks for leaving a message here 🙂
    I personally don’t believe the voice you heard was God… His love, favour and blessing on your life is not tied up with you doing something for Him (even devotions). His favour on your life is there because you are His child and He loves you.
    Here are some thoughts that may help:
    You can connect with God in many ways and at all times, not just in the morning and at set times. It’s about having a love relationship with Him.
    So first, take the pressure off. Realise His amazing love for you, go on a journey to discover the ways you best connect with Him personally.
    My devotional series may also have some thoughts that can help:
    Blessings, Helen…..

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