Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 324 C r y s t a l L . R a t c l i f f I watched others in church and saw that they had something I was missing. They had a joy and peace that I just didn’t understand. They seemed to truly enjoy their Christian life. I still felt like I was going through the motions of Christianity. I was claiming the name of Christ for saving my soul, but I didn’t know Him on an intimate level. I wanted more. I wanted a personal relationship with the Lord. Thanks to good Bible preaching, I knew that there was only one way to develop that relationship. Fellowship. Only consistent, daily fellowship with the Lord through His Word and time in prayer would bring about the relationship that I sought. I started a Bible study and vowed to finish it. I had started plenty of Bible studies in the past, but never stuck with them. This particular Bible study required about forty-five minutes a day in God’s Word. As I studied, I prayed every day that the Lord would give me a love and a passion for His Word. Somewhere in the middle of that study, God answered my prayer! Forty-five minutes a day wasn’t enough anymore. I wanted more! I began to walk with the Lord—truly walk with Him—and enjoyed a relationship with Him that I had never had before. So it was all settled then, right? Not really. Unlike salvation, this personal relationship is not a one-time thing. It is ongoing, a daily decision that we must make. Luke 9:23 says, “. . . Take up his cross daily, and follow me.” I will admit that when I first tasted what a true relationship with the Lord could be like—about 16 years ago now—there have still been struggles to maintain that personal relationship with Him. The battle over daily Bible study and prayer time is no longer an issue.