Six hundred seconds. That’s all 10-minutes is, 600 seconds. It seems like an insignificant amount of time to spend in prayer and reading. But in those 600 seconds, when applied to your life consistently, you will forever be changed.
First, let’s look at the many things you can do in 10-minutes:
- You can pay a bill
- Make your bed
- Start a load of laundry
- Do a quick workout
- Make your lunch for the next day
- Call a friend
- Clean something
- Watch an educational video
- Watch a comedian on YouTube
- Write a thank you note
- Walk your dog
There are thousands of things you can do in 10-minutes and most of them are good things to do. Some of them are even great things to do. But what is the best way to spend 10-minutes every day?
Spend 5 Minutes in Prayer
There may not be any better way to start your day, to end your day, or to pause in the middle of your day than to spend 5 minutes in prayer. The God of the universe is waiting to talk to you and to listen to you. Fortunately, he has 5 minutes to spare. Do you?
I’ve learned that praying to God is much like talking to a very patient, wise, and soft-spoken friend. You won’t learn anything or hear anything from that friend if you don’t settle down and quietly listen to their response after you say what you need to say.
God responses to prayers come in the form of a direct answer (you get what you asked for), sometimes through a circumstance you understand what the answer is, other times it’s through a friends words of encouragement or advice, and for some people, there is a quiet voice they hear in their heart.
When I spend just 5 minutes a day praying I become focused. My family and friends’ wants and needs become more important. I am able to make wise decisions with the big and small things of my day. And I feel an inner calm and peace that is only given through God’s grace and joy. This prayer drives me to adjust my thinking, and to see the world from beyond myself. God gives me the wisdom to make decisions I couldn’t make on my own.
In those 5 minutes, my life and the lives of those around me are affected in amazing ways. And when I pray every day for 5 minutes (I try to pray for more), the long-term and cumulative value of God’s wisdom, joy, and answered prayers far surpasses any other investment of those 5 minutes in my day. When you combine these prayers with time spent reading the Bible, I believe, there is no better combination that will affect your life and the life of others for good.
Spend 5 Minutes Reading The Bible
Reading the Bible can be intimidating and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Reading the Bible can be tedious and boring, but is doesn’t have to be. Here are just a few of the crazy things the Bible has in it:
- People being raised from the dead
- People being taken up into heaven
- Amazing wisdom
- Kings conquering kingdoms
- A talking burning bush
- People being healed
- The devil and God having a chat
- One dude goes through some sort of space warp (Phillip)
- War, Famine, Plagues, Adultery, Murder
- Child sacrifice
- Grace, Joy, Love, Hope, Peace
This list is only scratching the surface of the contents in the Bible. With the forgiveness of sins and Jesus death and resurrection being the most important of what is recorded in the Bible. Even if you have no interest in reading scripture, can any of us take a look at that list and not be intrigued by what is in it.
The breadth and depth of wisdom inside the pages of my Bible astonish me. Sometimes just 5 minutes of reading is enough for me to chew on for the day. Even though scripture is 100s of years old, there are amazing and contemporary truths that we can apply to our lives.
I want to share a couple of ideas about reading the Bible and then get your thoughts in the comments below about how prayer and Bible reading has made a difference in your life or if this is something new to you.
7 Tips for Getting the Most out of Your 10 minutes
- Pray to God as a friend
- Listen and look for God’s answers
- Pray for wisdom in your life and the lives of others
- Read with a prayerful heart
- Ask: who?, what?, where?, when? and why? as you read
- After you ask the above questions ask: how do I apply this?
- Read the things that are interesting to you in the Bible
Remember the Bible is God’s love letter to you and your prayers are your conversation about this love and how it works in your life.
When you take the time to pray for 5 minutes and read for 5 minutes a day, your life will forever be changed in unbelievable ways. My life has and I look forward to what’s next!