As Christians, we are so multifaceted in who God created us to be and in all He created us to do. No matter where we are in the world, the color of our skin or the varying issues and character makeup of our individual lives. We have one common desire and that is to be steadfast in our devotion to God. By intentionally setting aside quality devotional time to commune with him, we can be steadfast inwardly and outwardly in response to everyday life and situations.
The more we look into the lives of the men and women of the Bible, we observe how intentional their relationship with God was. By how they cultivated a private devotional life with him, then God used them to display His glory publicly.
Through ridicule, flesh issues, rejection by family and friends, poverty, war, death, the hardships of life and many more things, they practiced the importance of cultivating an intimate relationship with God in private was essential to their existence and as their necessity. They practice intentionality with God by spending quality time with Him in spite of the everyday responsibilities of life. This is where the inspiration for this devotional Intentional Christian is derived from.
Jesus, being our chief example, showed us, His children that we have to intentionally cultivate a private devotional life with him. He made an intentional and deliberate decision to cultivate an intimate relationship with his Father, through devotional time spent in private, when no one was looking, while being in his secret place. It is from these intimate moments Jesus spent with his Father he was always empowered, prepared and lived life victoriously every day, staying spiritually and physically in tune and connected to do the will of God: even in dying on the cross for the sins of the world "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Luke 5:16 "However, he made a practice of withdrawing to remote places in order to pray."