“Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 23:24
“There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God; those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it.” -Brother Lawrence
It’s Monday and time to pray with your prayer partner! If you don’t have someone as a designated prayer partner, call a friend right now and pray with her for 10 minutes. Take turns praying for each other. Remember that you are moving heaven as you pray!
It’s time to meet with your beloved Jesus! Grab your Bible, a pen, a journal or sheets of paper, something hot to drink and a beautiful smelling candle. Take a deep breath. Calm your heart and mind. Focus your thoughts on Jesus and the truth that He loves you, longs for you to know He is with you and, in fact, is closer than your breath. Pray right now for God to speak to your heart through today’s Bible study about becoming more aware of His presence and increasing your faith in knowing He is with you. Be here with Jesus, right now at this moment.
Read Psalm 131:1-3, Jeremiah 23:24 and 1 Corinthians 3:16 NASB. Write Psalm 131:2 in your journal.
How to Practice God’s Presence
Some time ago, while sitting in the choir loft of a beautiful church waiting for the conductor to start practice, I had a thousand things swirling around in my head. I was too busy to sing and felt overwhelmed at the thought of all that’s left to do before Christmas.
It was then I felt the Lord impress upon me the thought, “Be here with me, Deb. Be here.” I realized God wanted me to be with Him at that moment and let everything else go. I simply prayed a quick prayer asking God to show me how to become more aware of His presence and to be with Him right at that moment.
Instantly, I felt my body relax, and I began to look around at the scene in the choir loft. I noticed the conductor’s wonderful sense of humor, the other choir members sweet love for Jesus, and the beauty of the music we were singing. I observed the magnificent stained glass window and said to God, “Oh, Jesus, what a beautiful window! I know when they were building this church, they prayed for wisdom, and look how You answered!! It’s gorgeous!”
Since then, I find myself pondering and praying how to be aware of the presence of God. In Jeremiah 23:24, this Scripture says that God is around us at all times, and according to 1 Corinthians 3:16, the Spirit of God indwells all believer’s.
So if you are a Christ-Follower, He lives in you!
But why don’t we always feel God? How can we become more aware of Him? Sometimes we feel alone, but God’s word says otherwise and states that His Spirit lives in us.
There can be many factors as to why we don’t feel God, but one way we can begin to learn to become aware of Him is to practice His presence.
Just like everything else in life, when we practice something, we become better and better.
But how do you practice being aware of God’s presence?
- Start by spending regular time with God. The “Morning Watch” is a wonderful term used to describe the first few moments of the day spent with God. Of course, we talk to God all day, but there is something special about setting aside time to pray and read your Bible first thing in the morning. The more time you spend with God, the better you will know scripture, and the easier it will be to hear His voice. You will learn to hear Him when He teaching you or encouraging you, and also when He convicts you of sin, or when He tells you that you are headed in the wrong direction. When you spend time with God, you will learn to hear His voice in such a way that makes it easier to be in closer fellowship with Him. If mornings are tough for you, pray and ask God to get you up 15 minutes earlier and help you to focus on Him right away. Trust me; He will honor this request!
- Next, ask God to help you to cultivate a mental habit of noticing His presence. Ask Him several times a day to help you feel His peace and start to notice the beautiful little things around you. Things like the smallness of your children’s fingers, the love in your husband’s eyes when he looks at you, the delicious smell of the bread baking in the oven, and the sweet sound of the worship music playing in the background. Try to be present in each moment with God and continually talk to Him about each little thing as you notice them.
- Last, the Bible says that worship and a thankful heart ushers us into God’s presence. Psalm 22:3 says, “God inhabits the praise of His people.” God loves it when we notice His blessings in our lives. A thankful heart leads us to worship which brings joy to our hearts and also an increased awareness of His love and nearness.
Remember, God is with you all the time. In happy or sad times, when you’re sick or hurt, laughing or sleeping, He is always with you. There is never a moment when you are without God’s presence. (Hebrews 13:5)
“Think often on God, by day, by night, in your business and even in your diversions. He is always near you and with you; leave him not alone.” Brother Lawrence
Questions to Ponder
- When have you felt God’s presence the most? It could be in church when you are singing or rocking your baby right as they fall asleep, or during a difficult time or tragedy when you knew God was with you. If you are having trouble remembering a time, ask God to give you a special memory of a wonderful account of His presence, in good times and bad.
- Write “Practice God’s Presence” on your bathroom mirror in dry erase marker. Let this reminder spur you on to practice daily the ideas in this study. Go thru the steps outlined over and over until they are committed to memory.
- Record today’s verses on your phone’s recording device. Listen to them often to remind yourself of the truth that God is with you. Ask Him to help you to rest in His presence like the weaned child.
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