Yesterday I took a walk just to enjoy the sunshine. Even though it was brisk, it felt wonderful to be outdoors, breathe in the fresh air, and attempt to soak up the sunshine through my layers of warm clothing. It seems we’ve had a long pattern of cloudy days and I simply needed to get out there and experience the sunshine.
While walking through the neighborhood I walked past a home with this bowing snowman. Obviously when they made it, he was upright and not toppling over, but to me, it was a great reminder of how I should approach God with a measure of reverence as well as love.
It can be so difficult some days to carve out the time to come to God in prayer, but when I make the time, even if it’s only 5 minutes, it always seems that my day moves along with a measure of thankfulness. To me, carving out time for prayer follows my same pattern as working out. Something is always better than nothing. I don’t mean we should short change and discount our time in prayer before a Holy God, but I know He’d rather we come to Him in prayer even if it is only 5 minutes. Some prayer each day is always better than no prayer don’t you agree?
I find when I approach God with the right posture of reverence, taking time to worship Him for who He is, thanking Him for how I see Him at work in my life, and confessing my shortcomings, He blesses my day in ways I can’t even imagine. Lately, I have begun praying on my knees with the assistance of a garden kneeler. (It softens the blow to the knees) I am finding the posture of being on my knees brings my heart and mind into proper focus. I find it easier to converse with God, share my heart and release my worries for the day.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:10)
Praying is simply having a conversation with our God who loves us deeply and desires to spend some time together as we would with a close friend. He is always at the ready to listen, no need to leave a message. His ear is alway listening for our words and I believe He smiles the biggest smile when we approach Him in prayer. Imagining His smile brings me a new sense of “seeing” His delight in spending time together. As we spend time in His presence He offers us refreshment, a replenishment to face the day and the power to approach our day with a posture of being a follower of Christ. I have found those moments of prayer have brought me a little more patience, a spring in my step, and a smile on my face. His love will be better able to flow through us because we will be more in tune with the Spirit within. Prayer opens us up to hear the Holy Spirit so we can share the love of Christ to those we encounter each day.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:8)
This weekend, won’t you take some time to be refreshed in the presence of the Lord. But please, don’t hang on to His love, share it with those you encounter today. The store clerk who is frazzled needs to “see” God’s love, your neighbor may need a to “see” a reflection of God’s love through you and most of all your family needs to experience His love through you.
Be blessed by His amazing love for you!