10 tips for Drawing Near to God
By Kellie Moeller
One of the greatest disruptions throughout the day are digital and come from email, websites, social media, television, smart phones and from everyone they connect us to. If you are like me, the urgency of daily tasks keeps me from drawing near to God. As we strive for a closer relationship with the Lord, we need to be aware of distractions and continually find ways that will bring us back to that connection we long for. A key link in drawing near to Him is self-awareness, and a good way to examine our likelihood of being distracted is to take a short assessment. The Apostle Paul tells us to “examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good”; (1 Thes. 5:21). Here are 10 tips to draw near to God throughout the day:
- Start the day with a purposeful silence with God before touching the phone or computer; listening and thinking through the day before you embark on it assures that God is the first influencer of your day. Don’t pick up the phone until you have met with Him first.
- Leave your cell phone for meetings and one-on-one appointments. Take time to acknowledge that God has orchestrated each encounter as an opportunity to serve Him by serving others.
- Silence all email and social notifications. These sounds create a constant state of false urgency that interrupt and may never allow for you to draw near to God in your thoughts.
- Schedule a mid- day ‘Step Away and Pray’. Whether it is in a quiet place, taking a short walk or even in the bathroom, take 5 minutes to set the tasks and concerns you have before the Lord and allow Him to speak into them before you launch into the afternoon.
- As you leave for home at the end of the day, don’t start the car until you have taken a moment to express to God gratitude for the specific ways He worked during the day. As this becomes a habit, you will find that gratitude destroys negativity and you will see even more how God is moving specifically in your life in in the lives of the people you meet.
- Turn off the T.V. and learn to enjoy periods of time without media noise.
- Schedule a Media-Free week every year just to assess digital habits and get back on track with spending uninterrupted time with God and with your family. Schedule a week of no T.V., no recreational computer time, and even limited cell phone access.
- Schedule your social media time. Minutes become hours as you get mentally involved in all the stories. It you from investing in your relationship with God and family. Set a timer.
- Leave the phone home for church. Be fully present for worship and allow God to work without distractions.
- Start an evening prayer journal. It is amazing how writing out praises and concerns reconnects us with the One who orders our days and wants to speak into our hearts. It gives us one more way to listen to God.
Connecting with God is a lifetime challenge and we are in a continual process of renewal. By taking one small tip and applying it to the day, it can make a significant impact. As Hebrews 4:16 says: “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” If you have other ideas for drawing near to God, we would love to hear from you.