I am guilty of taking on too much at times. I have good intentions, I think I know what’s good for me, so I dive right in and quickly get overwhelmed. As a Christian, praying should be a priority, so I know that the reason I am overwhelmed is NOT because I am spending too much time with God. It’s because I’m spending too much time on unimportant things (or sometimes less important things). If you didn’t catch my post about prioritizing our time well, you can check that post out HERE.
Maybe you’re in a place of feeling overwhelmed right now. You know that you want to spend time talking with God, but it’s starting to feel like one more thing on a list of to-do’s. I want to encourage you to start small, but start somewhere. God didn’t tell us to spend time with Him for His sake, but for ours! He knows He is SO good for us.
“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” – 1 Chronicles 16:11
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” -Psalm 145:18
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” -1 John 5:14
Here is what I know: the more you get to know Jesus, the more you will want to get to know Jesus more. It’s like falling in love.
Starting to pray when you never have before can be overwhelming, and remembering to stay in prayer every day can be challenging. I have found myself in seasons where I can’t seem to stop talking with Jesus (in my head), and seasons where I can’t remember the last time I talked with Him. There have been seasons where I seek God in every area of my life, big or small, and seasons where I seem to have forgotten that I have a God who I can go to and who wants to hear from me. No matter which season you find yourself in, I hope you find this list helpful and encouraging.
HERE ARE 5 WAYS TO HELP YOU TALK TO GOD MORE:
- Try a new method. If what you’ve been trying to do isn’t working, try something else! There isn’t one perfect way to pray. Here are some methods you could try:
- Say something to God before you get out of bed in the morning and/or in bed before you fall asleep. This can really help you get in the right mindset for your day and calm your mind before bed.
- Use a journal to write prayers to God.
- Pray for the people in your life. Pray for the universal Church. Pray for your government. You get the idea!
- Find a prayer in the Bible that you can relate to and read it as your own prayer to God.
- Talk to God throughout your day just as you would a trusted friend.
- Plan a time everyday when you can get away by yourself to talk to God. Silence your phone, and ask your spouse to watch the kids.
- Get outside in nature for some helpful inspiration for praying.
- Choose a time of day that works for you. Don’t feel guilty about not praying the way someone else you know prays. Get creative about when you intentionally spend time with God:
- Pray over your children.
- Pray while doing household chores.
- Pray while laying in bed.
- Pray when you take a shower.
- Pray when your child takes a nap.
- Pray at meal times.
- Pray when you are driving somewhere in your car.
- Pray during your Bible-reading or devotional time.
- Make the time special. Think of things that make your day just a little bit brighter. Is it a cup of coffee or cocoa and a blanket? Is it your spouse or a friend at your side? Is it enjoying the outdoors? Try adding some of these things to your prayer time to help you remember how special this time really is in your life.
- Do it with a friend. Accountability for spending time in prayer can help just like it does when we are trying to exercise or eat healthier. It could be as simple as asking someone to check in with you to see how it’s going. Or you could even choose to pray together!
- Give yourself some grace. God has given us so much grace, so we should give ourselves some, too! No matter what method we choose to try, we are likely not to be perfect at it. Some of us won’t do it as often or as long as we planned. Others of us won’t always have the right attitude about it. The goal is that we will still grow in our relationship with God when we spend more time in communication with him.
These are all things that have helped me spend more time with God at one time or another. I hope that this will help you get started or continue on your quest to talk with God more!
How do you make time for spending time with God? Be sure to leave a comment if you have any ideas to share. We would all love to hear them!
See the sister post: “8 Ways to Read the Bible More”