More often than not, as I turn to God in prayer and sense His presence surrounding and filling me, all my requests evaporate. In that moment, nothing matters more than connecting with Him. I surrender all my concerns and requests to Him, knowing He’s a good Father who will take care of me and those I love. Then, I simply rest and focus entirely on experiencing Him. When my mind begins to wander, I ask Him to help me refocus.
Whether I have thirty minutes or two doesn’t matter. I find strength and peace whenever I disconnect from the noise all around me and lean into my Father’s embrace. My fears and anxieties are calmed by the knowledge that God knows all, sees all, is working in and through all, and holds my life firmly in His hands. These truths enable me to release all expectations and plans and to simply be.
- Set your timer for five or ten minutes (shorter if you’ve not practiced the discipline of silence, longer if you have).
- Lie on the bed or the floor or find someplace comfortable to sit.
- Close your eyes and focus on God’s presence.
- When your mind drifts onto other topics, redirect your thoughts to Him.
- Ask Him to help you stay focused on Him.
God invites us to come to Him, daily, with all of our needs and worries. He’s not concerned with how eloquent our words are, nor is He bothered when today’s prayer sounds near identical to those we spoke all week prior. But sometimes we easily distracted humans need something to shake up the monotony we’ve created. By setting a contemplative environment, engaging our senses and creativity, and quieting ourselves to simply experience Christ, we can increase the vitality of our prayer life, which in turn could increase how often we engage in this soul-strengthening spiritual discipline.
Jennifer Slattery is a writer and speaker who’s addressed women’s groups, Bible studies, and writers across the nation. She’s the author of the Cultivating a Thankful Heart Bible Reading Plan, Hometown Healing and numerous other titles and maintains a devotional blog at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she’s passionate about helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. Visit her online to learn more about her speaking or to book her for your next women’s event and sign up for her free quarterly newsletter HERE and make sure to connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.
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