As time goes on with no real end in sight to the stay at home order, many are maybe becoming bored, anxious, short-tempered, fearful, and possibly questioning where is God. Now is a great time to cultivate our relationship with God through prayer. Often the excuse is I don’t have time to pray, but right now, during this pandemic, it seems that all we have is time on our hands. Let’s make good use of the time by placing our faith in our Father and calling on Him for help. So how do we do that?
- Be intentional. Set aside time each day to spend in prayer. Decide what will work best. I find waking early in the morning is my best time to talk with God, but this doesn’t work for everyone. Try different times if you have to until the perfect time reveals itself.
- Find a quiet location without distractions. The place could be a room in your house, a cozy chair, or even an area outdoors that you love to spend time alone. Luke 5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places to pray.
- Have your bible and journal with you. God speaks in different ways to each of us. He may lead you to scripture as an answer. Take notes on what He speaks to you. Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
- Worship music is often an excellent way to set the mood for prayer. Start with a few songs that speak to your heart and remove the worries of the day. Ephesians 5:19 Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.
- I like to begin my prayers with praise and thanks before petitions and requests. Sometimes I try to start my day with only praise and recognition to our Lord, and it is most uplifting for the rest of the day. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks..”
- Reach out to God. God wants to know our deepest thoughts and desires. By doing so, we draw closer to Him. God will meet us where we are, without judgment, providing love. James 4:8 Come near to God and He will come near to you.
- Listen. Sometimes God’s answer isn’t immediate. Expecting an instant response each time you pray can leave you disappointed and still asking, ” God, are You listening?” Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
As the Lord tells us, we don’t have to face anything by ourselves. Let our Father help us through the difficult situation we are currently facing. Psalm 50:15 Call on me in times of trouble. I will rescue you and you will honor me.