I’m going to jump right back in to what I was talking about last week with having an open window. Remember I said there are three verses to consider when reflecting on our everyday communication with God.
- You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
This one is challenging, especially if we aren’t actively seeking him with all of our heart. I think the first step to seeking him is to realize that He is found everywhere. God never leaves us or forsakes us, and even in the mundane times he is there.
I’ve heard some people pretend that they are sitting across the table from him having a conversation and just talk out loud to him that way. Other people seem to remind themselves that the Holy Spirit is inside of them and sense a sort of filling-up or overflow of the heart. Taking deep breaths as to “fill themselves up with the spirit” and exhale out and negativity or anything that isn’t pleasing in the sight of God.
However you choose to remind yourself of the omnipresence of God, it is important to keep your senses attuned and sharpened, and to be present in the present as God will use the littlest things throughout your day to speak to you.
There are so many books on this subject, if you’re interested in some of my recommendations, let me know, I’d love to talk about this further!
2. Pray without ceasing.
Now to be fair, the verse isn’t just pray without ceasing, it is Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Praying isn’t just about asking for things but also giving thanks.
From a thankful heart comes a humble heart and from a humble heart comes one that God can transform.
Having young children I have tendency to narrate everything I do with them throughout the day.
“Mommy is going to change your diaper and then get you dressed”
“Yes we are going to have a snack but first we need to clean your hands”
While I’m not suggesting you narrate your day to God, (“Now I’m going to do the dishes and fold laundry, God”) I am suggesting you remember that He is with you everywhere, every moment of everyday.
Sometimes we just need to turn to Him first before we turn to other things (or people!)
The ways in which we turn to Him should very practical and purposeful, as these are two things needs to honor God with our intentions.
We can ask for advice throughout our day (which sounds kind of silly because we should really be looking to God for guidance on most things) But He longs to be active in your decision making process, not only acknowledged after the fact.
“My toddler is really misbehaving and pushing all my buttons, Lord give me wisdom to handle the situation with grace and show me how to respond in love.”
I want to respond to her in the spirit, not in my flesh (my flesh has zero patience and will react instead of respond)
We can share a praise (or praises) throughout our day
“Yes! I’ve been working on this for awhile and it’s finally complete! It’s so great to see a project come together start to finish! Thank you God for giving me the time needed out of my day to make this happen!”
“My infant slept in until 6:00 AM instead of 5:30 AM!” (Yes I praise God for 30 extra minutes because, true story it really does make a difference!)
We can share our needs
“Lord I really need something to come through right now, you know that I don’t have enough money in my bank account to buy my essentials needs. I know you are my provider so I’m asking you to provide a way for me right now.”
These are just some examples, really the possibilities are endless on how to connect and communicate with God throughout our everyday lives.
3.The key really is that we remain connected to Him.
Consider John 15:1-8:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Oh, wait it doesn’t say connect is says, remain. We need to remain in Him. (That has more of a inseparable undertone to it, don’t you think?)
Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. John 5:19
A few weeks ago I read “The Shack” which is a fictional book discussing God’s role in our lives along with the role play in our own lives (in the simplest explanation)
One of the things that stuck out to me that I never considered before was that Jesus didn’t come to earth with his own power, everything he did on earth he only did through connection with our Heavenly Father. (Maybe you knew that already, but for me I never considered that it was God working through Him, I assumed it was Jesus himself)
Jesus remained in the Father and as a result He was able to do the Father’s will.
That really is what life is about, remaining in Jesus so we can do His will by following all the prompting, the nudges and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
What if instead of thinking that we need to pray, seek Jesus or try to find Him from our own efforts and abilities, we looked at these things as a reflection of being connected to Him?
Out of His Spirit inside of us comes the connection and the recognition of “the wind” blowing through the window.
Hearing God’s whispers.
Being rendered by the glory of God’s creation.
Seeking God as our Father, receiving and giving His love to others.
It isn’t easy to remain connected in Him throughout the day, but it is the only way to be fully who we are created to be.
To remain and abide is to be alive and free.
Friends, my prayer for you is that you can seek the Holy Spirit within you to connect and communicate with our one true God, who sustains us, grows us and equips us to be all that He has predestined us to be.
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