So if you’re anything like me (Christian, seeking out purpose and how to be closer to God), you know that sometimes it can be a struggle to make time for “digging deep” in the presence of God and learning more of Him. But also, if you’re anything like me, you know that you honestly can’t do life without Him so it’s a necessity. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve expressed how I wanted to seek God more and spend more time with Him – right before I walk out into the world and continue the same cycle of “do nothing.” These kind of things are only those that become a part of us with practice and consistency.
So, here are five things I’m telling myself are crucial in seeking God. Just thought I’d share it with you as well.
Read your bible.
Typical answer. Truthful nonetheless. I don’t mean on the phone app either. When was the last time you picked up a physical bible while you were at home? Sometimes, it’s okay to not have a clear cut plan to reading the bible. It’s okay to just read it. Picking it up and opening it is literally the hardest part. Be lead by God.
Pray when you feel the unction.
Have you ever be awakened at 5AM for no apparent reason and your alarm doesn’t go off until 6:30? Have you ever felt like you should pray on a particular subject but ignored it because you “didn’t have time”? Answer the call. I can’t tell you the countless times I’ve been awakened from sleep at 3AM or 5AM, felt compelled to pray and didn’t. Thinking back on it now, I regret it. That was a time where I was completely distraction free – a time when God could have had my undivided attention and me His. But I didn’t take it. I get it. You could say it was simply coincidence. But when it happens for weeks at a time when you normally are a sound sleeper and wouldn’t dream of waking up at 3AM, you should pay attention.
Go to weekly bible study.
As smart as we think we are, there are just some things about God you won’t get on your own. The Bible says that we can’t hear without a preacher. They are the ones who hold way more understanding of God’s Word than you do. Go to a bible based ministry who has bible study classes throughout the week. Be open to going into more depth because Sunday’s won’t always cut it. There’s only so much you can gain from a 45 minute sermon.
Pray without ceasing.
I Thessalonians 5:17 – If we only prayed when we got the unction to, some of us would never pray. As the Bible says “men should always pray.” There should never be a time when you aren’t actively seeking God, praying for others, making your request known to Him, giving thanks to Him. All these things we do in prayer to draw us nearer to God and Him to us. You will begin to see prayer work, and that increases your faith in God.
Make time to fast.
You don’t have to wait until your church does it. You know you need God. You know you want more of Him. There’s no set time to fast. Make the choice for yourself. All it takes is the effort. A time of fasting is simply a time of setting yourself apart, away from everyone and distractions. It’s just you and God. Read scripture. Pray. Worship. Sing. Cry out to Him. Sometimes, it’s hard to get into the swing of doing something you’ve never done. Want to fast but scared you want be able to endure? Start with a few hours. From 3PM to 9PM, cancel all plans, and just spend time focusing on the presence of God and seeking Him for what He wants of you. The next time, do 12 hours….a full 24 hours. You make the decision on the time frame. At the end of the day, just make sure that time is for Christ alone.
Know any other ways? Comment below.
All my Love, CJ