Even though I want Jesus to be my main FOCUS,  I come to my time with Him with many things on my mind.    It can be worries from the day before, anxious thoughts about the day ahead of me, guilt about something I have done or stressing about a decision that lies ahead.  I have PREPARED a place to meet with Him, but now I need to PREPARE MY HEART.  The first thing I do is pray.  I tell Him all about it.  I ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind anything that I need to confess.  Is there anything I have thought or done that needs to come out in the open?  In John 16:7-8 Jesus said,   "But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.  And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment;"  It is the Holy Spirit's job to convict me of sin and to bring it to my mind.  If He does bring something to mind, I confess it (agree with Him about my sin) and I acknowledge that Jesus has already died on the cross for that sin.  I realize that my sin is what He  suffered and paid for on the cross.  I confess my sorrow at my sin - and I thank Him that it is paid for already! (Oh Jesus, thank You for dying for me!!)  I don't have to live in guilt and shame - because He has already paid for my sin!  ("There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Romans 8:1) I give thanks and worship Him for dying for me!

Sometimes I listen to worship music on my phone (through headphones if there are others around) and spend some time worshipping Jesus.  Just like listening to the worship music before the sermon in church, the music prepares my heart to spend time with Jesus.  It helps me to FOCUS on Him and to get my mind where it needs to be.   As I sing and worship, it helps me to focus on Jesus.  When Jesus taught the disciples how to pray, He started with "Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name..." (Matthew 6:9).  He focused them on the One they were praying to FIRST.

Then I ask His Holy Spirit to teach me from His Word.  Jesus said "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you."  (John 14:26)  I need His Spirit, who lives within me, to teach me what He wants me to know.  To bring to my mind what He wants to teach me.  

Then I open His Word to begin to study.  This is how I study....

(How do you prepare your heart to spend time with Jesus?)