By far, one of the most viewed posts on this site is “Simple Ways to Stick Close to God Throughout the Day.” My spiritual life has changed a lot since those days. So, in this post, I’d like to add a few more tips that I hope might be helpful! Our hearts can easily be pulled away from our Creator as we go about our lives. Thankfully, there are many tools which we can use to cultivate our relationship with God, the most important relationship we will ever have!
1. Start your day with prayer. I’ve heard it said that God should get the first hour of your day! One thing that I do is turn my phone off at night. Then in the morning, it’s easier to pray first instead of being bombarded by messages and notifications. Find what methods of prayer work best for you. Each of us has a different way or ways where we find ourselves able to connect with God
2. Use social media in moderation. Social media is a huge distraction for many people. You could even give it up, or give up the most distracting forms of social media. Social media can easily lead us to focus on the voices and opinions of others, instead of the voice of God. There are a lot of evil things on social media as well. When I was using a certain social media site, there were posts which also made me angry and left me wanting to react in a manner which is not worthy of my calling in Jesus Christ. Limiting social media and giving up other sites/apps has been one of the best decisions I’ve made.
3. Set an alarm to pray at a certain time or times throughout the day. This could be a quick check-in with God, reading a devotional, or even some minutes spent in silence. Whatever God lays on your heart, follow that. You could even switch up what you are doing throughout the week. For example, Monday could be a devotional day, Tuesday could be a day where you sing a few worship songs, Wednesday is a day where you read a Psalm, etc.
4. Thank God for the good, lean on Him in the difficult. I don’t know about you, but there are too many times in my life where I’ve fervently prayed for a solution. The solution comes, and I breathe a sigh of relief and forget to thank God. Thank Him when your prayer is answered! There are also too many days where I become frustrated and spend a lot of my day that way, because I am not asking the Holy Spirit for help! Lean on Him and cry out to Him when it’s difficult!
5. Pray the Examen. This is a good way to reflect on the day before, or the day which is coming to an end. This allows us to see where we have heard God’s voice, where we have failed, and to further discern what we need to in our lives. (I also write in this Examen journal and have found it helpful to look through to find patterns in my life.)
6. End your day with God. My favorite part of the day is quiet time at the end of the day, just spending time with God. As I mentioned in point #1, I also turn my phone off at a certain hour. This has gone a long way for my prayer life!