Life with God is all about relationship. Can you believe it? The God who created the mountains, stars, and sky wants a direct relationship with YOU.
One of the best ways to develop a relationship with God is through prayer. Talk to God! He wants to be a part of our everyday lives.
The Bible encourages us to “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
When you’re in a new relationship with someone, you want to talk to them first thing in the morning, when you have spare time or anytime something exciting or newsworthy happens. That’s the kind of relationship God wants with us!
How is that even possible? We’ll give you some tips later on.
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God's Presence Gives Us Joy
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. -Psalm 16:11
When we’re talking to God in prayer, we’re in the presence of God. In the Bible book of Psalms, it says that in His presence there is fullness of joy.
Therefore, I try to be in God's presence as much as possible! Perhaps I need it, because I am too intense of a person! I have tried numerous tricks through the years to remember to invite God into whatever I'm doing.
8 Ways to Pray Throughout the Day
When I wake up in the morning, I say thanks to God. Before my feet hit the ground, before there’s a phone in my hand, I ask for His blessing on the day.
In the shower, I pray God would cleanse my inside as I cleanse the outside! We can pray over our plans for the day, and who we may be in contact with during the day.
When I brush my teeth, I ask God to brush off anything on me that could hurt me. God is a good father, and He does not want us to get hurt.
I start every meal thanking God and inviting Him to be part of my mealtime and part of the conversation we’re having at the table.
New Appointments or Activities
Every time I go into a new meeting or start a new project, I try to remember to invite God into each thing as it begins. God wants to guide us and give us wisdom in our lives, and we have the opportunity to let Him into all our activities and decisions.
Quiet, Alone Time
I always set aside a few minutes to be with God with no distractions. Start with just five minutes to read a Bible verse and ask God to show you something. This time with God can grow and develop as time goes on.
You can talk to God in the car - eyes open, of course! When we pray, we don’t have to always fold our hands and close our eyes. Sometimes that helps eliminate distractions, but God can hear you at any time.
Just as I start the day with God, I like to end the day with God. Talk through the day, ask forgiveness for mistakes, and give Him any of my stress and worries.
God Wants a Relationship With You
God longs for relationships with people, and He is jealous for our time. That's why he made us - to be in our lives!
However, there is no condemnation in any of this! We should just try to a little better each day.
God is a loving father! He is for us and works all things together for our good. There is no fear in love! Just freedom, joy and a living hope!
So, let's get near to God.
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