Have you ever looked back on your day, only to realize that you rarely even thought about God or talk to him at all throughout the day? If you relate to this, do not feel ashamed. It is easy for us to be swallowed up by all of our activities, responsibilities, and commitments.The key here though is to not accept that reality.
So, in this article, I'm going to take you through my five-step process of being able to focus and converse and dialogue with the Holy Spirit and even the most monotonous of tasks throughout your day.
Here, I'm going to teach you five practical steps that you can have a conversation with God throughout your daily routine of life. And now if you want to receive more content like this, make sure that you subscribe that way you will be informed anytime a new article is released and stay tuned till the end as I will be sharing a really simple but really effective tip to help remind you to continue to connect with the Lord throughout your day.
Step #1 - set apart a portion of your day that is completely consecrated and dedicate it to him.
One of the most important pieces of advice I can give you for making sure that you're having that regular and consistent quiet time is to actually put it into your schedule.
Now at first, that might seem a little legalistic like, Oh, every day at 7:00 AM I have to make sure to spend 30 minutes in the Bible and then 30 minutes in prayer and whatever. I want you to just to get away from that for a second because it is not a legalistic thing. What it's actually doing is it's telling yourself, it's telling the Lord and is telling others, that this is a priority.
To me, it's such a priority that I'm going to put it into my schedule. Life nowadays is filled with so many responsibilities that are constantly tugging at our time that it will be so beneficial to set apart a portion of your day that you know is just to be spent with you and God. And if you're able to do that, it is going to affect the rest of your day.
It is going to get you into a place where thinking about the Holy Spirit, thinking about the Lord, asking him questions, talking to him throughout the day is much more natural. One of my vulnerabilities as a believer is I can become a doer where I just want to do, do, do, accomplish a bunch of things for the Lord when a lot of times I think he's asking me just to be with him.
There is a great example of this in the scriptures where we look in the book of Luke, it's about Mary and Martha. And so, Luke 10:41-42 Jesus says this: “Martha, Martha, the Lord answered you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her”. Now what was Mary doing and what was Martha doing?
Martha was really really busy in the kitchen, preparing things, getting everything ready for the guests, and what she was ended up doing is she was actually complaining to Jesus about Mary. What was Mary doing? Mary was sitting at the Lord's feet listening to his word.
Now, I totally believe in serving and I think it's a necessary part of being a follower of Christ, but I think Jesus makes it really clear here that man, he loves to be served, but he loves even more at times just to spend time with you. You know, it's not always about doing things for him. It's a lot of times he wants to just spend time with you.
Now, here's the point that I was challenged with earlier in my Christian walk and it was scheduling your day around your quiet time. Having that be such a priority that other things get bumped out of your schedule because they would interfere with your quiet time.
Think about it, it's, it's the time where we get to connect with the God of the universe, and so having it be a time where you are most awake, alert, energetic, and able to connect with the Lord, that is the time that you want to have your quiet time. Some people, it's going to be mornings. Other people, it's going to be during their lunch break. Some will be evenings or for you night owls It's going to be late at night.
Whatever time you can be most engaged with Jesus, that is the time to schedule your devotion. We do not fit time with God into our busy day. Instead, we schedule our time with God and then we build the rest of our day around that. All right.
Step #2 - is to reduce your commitments
The best way that I've found to reduce my commitments is to take a step back and look at my schedule. Look at all the things that I have planned, all the commitments and responsibilities that I have made with myself or with others.
When you're doing this, you're going to want to look for those dead weight activities, those activities that really aren't pushing you and fulfilling the mission and vision that God has put on your life, but maybe you're just doing because you're wanting to please someone or you think that you should do this.
There's going to be plenty of those opportunities that you're going to want to say no to so that you can free up time both in your schedule and mentally so that you can concentrate and do the things that God is actually calling you to do. The simple act of reducing some of your commitments of saying no to some things that people ask you to do.
Well, that's actually going to free up mental and emotional space inside of you so that throughout the day your mind is not bumping around in a million different areas and instead you're able to turn your attention to Jesus far more often.
Step #3 - eliminate distractions
Now first off, one of the best ways when you're reviewing your schedule and trying to eliminate distractions is to time log. And what time logging is tracking your day and figuring out where you're spending your time. My suggestion is to do this for maybe a week or two weeks.
Don't change anything from your normal behavior and then be able to review and see how you are actually spending your time. It's going to surprise you. Some of the activities that you are putting hours and hours and hours into each week that really are useless.
And so another thing that I would like to suggest is using an app. I'll link to it in the description. It's called toggle. And this is an app that I use and it's, a great way to be able to kind of break up how you're spending your day. You can start the timer when you're starting an activity, finish it for a different activity, you know, restart it again for another.
So, there's, there's a great, great opportunity there to digitally be able to track your time. Now, after you have your time log, you're going to want to review it and you're going to want to eliminate or shrink those areas that had been taking up a lot of time that aren't helping you move forward in your relationship with the Lord. And so different areas that can, can fall into this category are TV entertainment sometimes even rest.
Now, I'm a big believer in making sure that you are rest and refresh and able to really give the Lord and others all that you can. Rest is crucial for that. But I think sometimes we over-utilize rest think about it way too much to the point where we're actually wasting too much time resting or trying to entertain ourselves, where we could be putting that time into relationships, to connecting with God, to doing different things that he's calling us to do, to change our world.
A lot of this eliminating distractions is actually building a habit. And so, you're gonna want to set different goals, track your progress, and really give yourself some grace in the process, but make sure that you are being diligent and, and moving in the right direction. Now is the time where you get to tell on yourself.
Now, this is a judgment-free zone. So, no judgment here, but in the comments below, I want to know what your number one time-wasting activity is.
For me, there is a specific podcast that I absolutely love, but at the end of the day is sort of pointless. And so, I find myself sometimes throughout the day, spending way too much time just kind of numbing my mind with that. So, in the comments below, write out what is your number one time-wasting activity.
Step #4 - is simply talking with the Holy Spirit
So, in steps one through three, what we were doing was just cutting away all the dead weight. We were opening up more mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional capacity. So that as we're going through our day, we actually can dialogue with the Holy Spirit.
I suggest talking to the Holy spirit about anything and everything whether it's advice on a simple question like what you're going to cook that evening what clothes you're going to wear. Some of these things may seem silly, but I think that the Lord really just loves having a deep, intimate relationship with us.
So, coming to him with all of those things, there's going to be times in your day where you feel stressed or frustrated or need to solve a problem. Don't try to figure that out on your own. Go to the Holy Spirit. He wants to talk to you. He wants to help you. He wants to lead you in a specific direction, take time to thank him for things, man.
There is so much that I personally just take for granted in life. To be able to cultivate a heart of gratitude and thankfulness to the Lord for just the simple things in life. That's a great way that you can just continue that conversation with them.
And then also one of the questions that I love to ask is, Holy Spirit, what are you thinking and what are you feeling about X? And you can put anything you want in that you could have it be a, you know, Holy Spirit. What are you thinking and feeling about my children? What are you thinking and feeling about the church that I attend?
All these different options. And then you just wait for the Holy Spirit to really give impressions and put things on your heart as well. And it's a form of dialogue. It's, it's giving time and attention to the Holy Spirit, which inevitably is going to change you on the inside as well.
Step #5 - practice the presence of God
Now, what exactly does that mean to practice the presence of God?
Well, I learned about this principle from a small little book written by brother Lawrence called practicing the presence of God. And the concept is basically turning your attention to the Lord in everything that you do.
So, one of the things that he would do is he was a cook in the kitchen of the monastery. And so, while he was cutting up vegetables while he was, you know, doing the basic work of the kitchen, he was actually communing with the Holy Spirit. He was setting his attention on the Lord. He was not just involved in just what was in front of him, but he was attentive and aware that he was in the presence of God, even in the most menial of tasks.
Now in our description below, I'm going to give you a link to our free keys to the kingdom course. And within that course is a downloadable version of practicing the presence of God by Brother Lawrence.
So make sure that you go there and check that out.
So as promised, here is my bonus tip. A really practical strategy that you can implement to draw your attention back to God. Every single hour is to set either your watch or your phone on a special function of dinging once an hour.
Now I have a cheap little Casio watch and I'm able to set it, so it deems once an hour. And when it does, what I try to do is to just take a minute, stop what I'm doing and just recognize the presence of God, whether it's me just saying a brief prayer to him, whether it's me just taking a deep breath and realizing that he's here, he's with me.
Whatever it is drawing your attention to the Lord on an hourly basis throughout your day is doable and I think it really helps to bring our attention back to what's important in life, which is drawing close to Jesus, growing in greater love and intimacy and fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
Before you go. I want to know what is the best time for you personally to connect with the Lord. I've given a list of different options there. It just is cool to kind of see where everyone falls with that. Me, I'm a morning person. I like to get up and connect with him early in the morning while I'm still fresh and attentive.
As I mentioned earlier in here, make sure to check out our keys to the kingdom free mini-course. Inside that course, is a downloadable version of brother Lawrence's book practicing the presence of God and we also have another cool resource, a part of it that I got right here.
It's six reasons to pursue the supernatural. Obviously, when we are dialoguing and talking to the Holy Spirit throughout the day, that is a supernatural experience and I wanted to get six of my top reasons why I think it's important that we are pursuing the supernatural in our daily existence.
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