This past weekend, our son and daughter-in-law came for a visit to celebrate her birthday. We were so excited to have them with us for the day on Saturday. We enjoyed each others company and caught up on what was going on in each other’s lives. We shared some laughs, got competitive in a board game, and just generally enjoyed each others company. It was a marvelous blessing of love.
One of the things I have been trying to improve upon is being more attentive when I am with others. To stay focused on being in the moment together, soaking in the conversation, listening and asking purposeful questions. To being 100% present and available to wherever the moment leads. This is what I was praying for Friday before they came to visit. Then came the ah ha moment.
God is completely attentive all the time. Now I know in my head that God is always available, ready to listen, eager for me to come to him, but the part that gave me new perspective is how God is 100% laser focused and attentive to his creation. When we are praying, he is completely focused on our conversation to him and with him. A loving Father, soaking in all we desire to share with him. He listens with compassion to our fears, he comforts us as we lay our worries before him, and through it all he is completely focused on us and our needs. He is not distracted, that is not part of God’s character.
So I knew this in my head and it has finally made it truly into my heart. Why now? Why did it take me so long to “get it?” One of the reasons I finally understand is simply because that is how I want to be when I am with others, especially my family. Those moments together are sacred, and those moments when we truly connect and are focused on one another, they are precious to me. I have no doubt, God desires that same level of connection with me, after all he is my creator and wants to be involved in my life. So grateful for his love and compassion towards me.
One of the ways that deeper connection with God is found is through prayer. An open dialogue between God and us through out the day. Sometimes that conversation can be an intense, secluded time of prayer, but in other moments it is just a quick check in with him to share what we need, or how we are feeling, to thank him for being with us in the moment. It is a rhythm of praying without ceasing that God is teaches in scripture.
This practice is new to me, praying throughout the day, and it is directly from scripture where God calls us to pray without ceasing in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. In this daily practice, I needed God’s help to find a rhythm of conversation with him that fits the way he wired me.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like there is so much to pray for and it overwhelms me, I don’t even know how to begin. For Lent, God has called me into a new rhythm of prayer. He has shown me to pray daily for one person in my life that I have a relationship with. Wow! That I can do and it is not overwhelming. So, I begin each day asking God whom he would have me pray for throughout my day. Throughout my day when God brings them to mind, I pray for a specific need or thought he places on my heart. It’s been a beautiful thing, a deeper connection to the Lord and an expression of love for those I love. My act of worship to our God who listens, loves and is never distracted. He is in control.
How can you better connect with God in prayer? Do you have a prayer rhythm that really works for you that you could share? I would love to hear how you incorporate prayer into your daily life. Take the time to today to connect with God in prayer, he is 100% focused on you and desires to hear what is on your heart.