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3 Easy Practices I Do to Abide in His Presence
Everyone seems too busy to have time with God these days.
I wanted to talk through my favorite ways of staying connected to God even on my busiest days
1. Practice 1: Imaginative prayer
When I was growing up, I had an immature idea of what spending time with God meant.
I thought it always meant retreating somewhere quiet and doing a “devotion”. These are in fact my favorite times. Crawling up in a calm space with a journal and Bible and meeting Jesus remains my favorite way of connecting with God.
But what happens when we’re not in that mode? Are we disconnected?
My favorite way has been to do imaginative prayer.
Imaginative prayer is simply talking to God as if he’s right next to you doing what you’re doing.
This is what I mean:
If I’m driving, he’s driving in the passenger seat.
If I’m working at my desk, he’s pulled up a chair and is working next to me
If I’m parenting my kids at home, he’s around the house a conversation away.
This has allowed me to say prayers at the moment. It’s so easy and so powerful.
If you want more info, I wrote a micro book called God Moments on it here:
2. Pray in Tongues
Okay, I’m charismatic. So if you can pray in tongues, this is a great way to just be connected to go while on the go.
Paul talks about how praying in tongues edifies our spirit.
Here’s why I love speaking in tongues:
My spiritual muscles are being activated.
I feel more in tune with his presence around me.
I don’t really have to think.
Let me just expound on the last point. This means I can do whatever I want, e.g., folding laundry, driving, etc., without being super distracted.
Pray in tongues!
3. Take a 2-minute Soul Break
Some of us can’t afford 10-minute break on a crazy day. But all of us can afford a 2-minute break to check in with our soul and talk to God.
This has proven to be a highly effective and powerful tool for me to connect with God amid a busy day.
Here’s how to do it:
I will usually go somewhere quiet (a side room, even a closet!). Being alone is key!
I sometimes turn off the lights (to reduce visual stimulus)
Take deep breaths, turn my awareness to my soul
Ask, “Soul, how are you doing? What do you need?” Usually, I can identify something simple that I need at that moment. I may need encouragement, wisdom, or strength.
I ask God to meet my needs
Go right back to what I was doing.
How Will You Stay Connected?
Those are my 3 favorite tools for staying connected to God while on the run.
What are yours?
You were made for greatness,