Grace PrayerBy God's grace, I regularly have quality time and connect with God through various ways
Becoming Fully PresentPray using your Hands - Slowly - Thoughtfully
Put both your hands on your lap with your palms facing up – then close them tight into fists. During the next 4 minutes, start opening them very very slowly, feel every movement. As you open them, release any worry, anxiety and any other thing that keeps you from God’s fullness.
When you’re 2 minutes in (set a timer), also become aware of what you would like God to place in your hand.
Read: Today we are going to do a Scripture recall. We’re not going to read any Scriptures, but remember the ones we already know:
Which Scriptures tells us that God longs for alone time with us?
Which stories in Scriptures tells us about different ways to connect with God?
Shut the world out, withdraw from all worldly thoughts and occupations, and shut yourself in alone with God, to pray to Him in secret. Let this be your chief object in prayer, to realize the presence of your heavenly Father. Andy Murray
The man who fears to be alone will never be anything but lonely, no matter how much he may surround himself with people. But the man who learns, in solitude and recollection, to be at peace with his own loneliness, and to prefer its reality to the illusion of merely natural companionship, comes to know the invisible companionship of God. Such a one is alone with God in all places, and he alone truly enjoys the companionship of other men, because he loves them in God in Whom their presence is not tiresome, and because of Whom his own love for them can never know satiety. Thomas Merton
We need silence to be alone with God, to speak to him, to listen to him, to ponder his words deep in our hearts. We need to be alone with God in silence to be renewed and transformed. Silence gives us a new outlook on life. In it we are filled with the energy of God himself that makes us do all things with joy. Mother Teresa
God has spoken very boldly about his desire to be a presence in our lives. If I want to heal the ache and loneliness in my own life, one of the things I need to do is get away, alone with God. . . . In the silence God will speak to you most powerfully. Too often his words to us get muffled, lost, or covered by the crowd of many noises both inside and outside of us. We must have a quiet heart in order to hear God’s distinctive message to us. Tim Hansel
Q. What is your view of the daily discipline of the Christian life – the need for taking time to be alone with God? Lewis: “We have our New Testament regimental orders upon the subject. I would take it for granted that everyone who becomes a Christian would undertake this practice. It is enjoined upon us by Our Lord; and since they are his commands, I believe in following them. It is always just possible that Jesus Christ meant what he said when He told us to seek the secret place and to close the door. C. S. Lewis