Christ is with us—all the time. He’s available to us—everywhere. He’s walking next to us, guiding us as a father who loves a child—constantly.
So, why do many of us have a different experience in church than we do during our normal, activity-filled week? Maybe it has less to do with any increased work by God and more about a more focused attention from us. We should be practicing the awareness of His presence and listening for His voice every day, every second, every waking moment. This world is a tough, busy place and we need His guidance—not just on Sundays, but all the time.
How do we do this? Here are a few activities that many of us know we’re supposed to practice, but forget that their purpose is to connect to His presence:
- Reading the Bible. Making time in our busy, distracting, information-saturated world to listen to the words of Scripture can be a challenge. However, we must anchor our thoughts and perspective in these words, and we do that by encountering them often—every day. We recommend picking a time each day to read. Try doing it first thing when you wake up in the morning.
- Pray. The Bible tells us to pray continually—in other words, we should have a lifestyle of constantly being in conversation with God. If you start your day in prayer along with Scripture reading, then you might pray more throughout the day. Also, as in any relationship, there are many types of conversations we should be having with God. If our prayer life is mainly focused on problems and throwing up requests, then we are missing out on the deeper communion God has for us. Prayers of thanksgiving, faith, intercession, and more should be part of daily prayer.
- Read a Christian teaching or devotional book or memoir. Some people have a hard time with the Bible. Although the Bible is always your best choice, there are many Christian books with powerful teaching and testimonies that will help you understand the Bible and God more deeply.
- Join a small group. This is a great way to connect with God during the week. Small groups are not only places to meet like-minded people and learn about God—they are also a great place to meet friends who will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you through thick and thin.
- Admit that you can’t do it all on your own. Just what that says—admit you can’t do life on your own and ask your loving Father for help. He will respond, try it.
- Say you’re sorry and/or forgive. Sometimes there can be a block to the presence of God in our lives because we are holding on to some kind of sin or offense. Reconnecting with God lies on the other side of repenting for the sin and/or forgiving the person with whom we’re upset. Keeping a clean heart before God is critical in life.
- Give of yourself. A great way to feel the love of Christ is to give the love of Christ. There are people who need your strength when they may not have it. Be a servant.
God is everywhere. Church is a great way to get in touch with Him, and being in a room full of people who have dropped their walls and opened their hearts to Him is a beautiful thing. But don’t forget He’s with you at all times, everywhere you go. He’s waiting patiently by to hold you up, stand by you, listen, and go to work for you and with you.
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