Tip #1: Schedule alone time with God
All acts of godliness in our lives, even spending time with God throughout the day, will stem from being alone with Him. If we develop a consistent habit of being shut in with God to commune with Him (just as every man/woman of God in the Bible) then it will also be a lot easier to continue that communion throughout our day.
Of course, Jesus is a perfect example of this. Jesus said that He does nothing without the Father and that everything He does is modeled after the Father (John 5:19-20). Statements like that prove that Jesus lived in constant fellowship with the Father.
The Bible also says that He would wake up every morning to spend time with His heavenly Father (Mark 1:35, Isaiah 50:4) and that He consistently found time in the middle of His day to get alone and be with God (Luke 5:16).
So, if we wish to have the same consistent communion with the Father as Jesus had then we need to do the same consistent acts that Jesus did. And the first step to this is learning to get alone with the Father and spend time with Him in prayer. (Related article: Spending Time with God Every Day: How to do it).
Tip #2: Read the word of God daily
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8).
Another great tip on learning to spend time with God throughout the day is by reading the Bible daily. You can read the Word before or after your secret time of prayer, or you can read it at a separate time during your day.
Whatever the way you decide to schedule it one thing is for certain: the Bible exhorts us to meditate in the scriptures day and night. This not only means reading the Word consistently it also means thinking about it and living it out (a.k.a obeying what it says).
My Bible has a footnote that translates “meditate in it day and night” to “constantly in it day and night.” I find this to be a more practical description of what this verse is trying to communicate. [Related article: Spending Time Reading the Bible (Common Questions Answered)]
We are to be men and women of God who are diving into the Bible on a consistent basis throughout our day, thinking about what we are reading in a practical way and obeying it.
And if we desire to be people who are in the presence of God throughout our day then it is essential to be in the Word of God just the same, for God and His Word are One (John 1:1).
Tip #3: Make mundane tasks as reminders to pray
The first two tips seem kind of obvious, especially if you have been in church for a while. But this tip is something not very many people are aware of, or at least something not very many people follow.
You see, it takes more than to just simply get alone with God and read His Bible if you want to spend time with Him throughout the day, we also need to talk with Him as we go throughout life. (Related article: Dwelling in the Secret Place: what it is and how to do it)
And the best way to do this is by talking with Him whenever we are in the middle of a mundane task that doesn’t necessarily require a lot of brainpower. Mundane tasks such as dishes, laundry, making the bed, mowing the lawn, sweeping the pantry, taking out the trash, getting the mail, driving, changing a diaper, etc.
All of these require very little strength of our minds, so instead of letting our mind wander, we should train it to direct our thoughts to God through talking to Him and thanking Him for everything He does for us. It is no doubt a simple tip, but an effective one.
I truly believe this is what Paul meant when he said, “in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving” (Philippians 4:6).
Tip #4: Put on worship music whenever you’re able
Worship music is another way to keep yourself spending time with God as you go throughout your day. Pretty much everyone reading this has some way to put on music and jam out to some Jesus tunes (especially since 90% of you are reading this on your phone).
As you drive into work worship God through song and express your heart to Him as you listen to the words.
Or if you are a stay-at-home mom turn on some music on the speaker or headphones (if you’re able) and praise Jesus as you clean or get a meal ready. Sometimes your kid will start jamming out with you and it will even teach them what it looks like to love the Lord, which is infinitely more fruitful than just giving them “lessons”.
However it works for you, the Bible tells us to “speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19). It doesn’t necessarily matter if you have the technology available as long as you can still lift your voice (or whisper) and praise the Lord, it is all the same to Him. (Related article: Singing in the Spirit: What it is and How to do it).
Tip #5: Dedicate everything you do as unto the Lord
This tip is fairly similar to the third one in that it gives a practical way to live in communion with God through everything that we do. Brother Lawrence, the man who is known because of the book Practicing the Presence of God, would practice this technique and would often encourage others to do the same.
The idea is quite simple, everything that we do in word or deed we do unto the Lord. What this looks like practically is that before we do a task we offer it to God through communion, and after we have completed the task we thank Him.
Brother Lawrence got to such a place that it is said of him “that he was pleased when he could take up a straw from the ground for the love of God, seeking Him only, and nothing else” (The Practice of the Presence of God).
All things have become a means to seek Christ. What a beautiful place to be! [Related article: How to be with God all the Time (Complete Guide)].
Tip #6: Schedule your time with God sporadically, rather than all at once
Scheduling your alone time with God in a more sporadic way (for example, three times per day rather than one time in the morning) is a useful method to ensure your are spending time with God throughout the day.
The reason this is so effective is because you are creating a system that constantly brings you back to Him. You’re not praying one time in the morning and then leaving that place no longer thinking about Christ.
Instead, after you leave your secret prayer time in the morning, four to eight hours later you are back talking with God.
Now, obviously, this can be very difficult for people who have a full-time job with a lot of kids. But before you say that it’s too difficult keep in mind that it might be easier than you think.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the average one-way commute to work in 2019 was 26.1 minutes. That’s 52 minutes of spending time with Jesus Monday through Friday! Not to mention if you spent time with God during your lunch break.
This is similar to what the prophet Daniel did when he was one of the three leading governors over one of the largest empires at that time. He was a busy man, but he still found time to break away and spend time with God in prayer, and he did it by breaking it up three times per day. [Related articles: Praying Three Times A Day (What the Bible Says) & How Long/Often Should Christians Pray? (Biblical Answer)].
Tip #7: Pray with your family members and with the family of God
Chances are, if you are reading this, you are a Christian who either has a spiritual family that loves Jesus or a blood family. And if you do, then take time to pray with them.
Maybe it’s before meals, before you leave each other, before you open the Bible, when a need arises, when you put your little ones to bed, etc. Whatever it may be take the time to pray with them and use that time to connect with God.
Doing this not only assists you in your walk with God but also assists them in their walk because you are both coming together realizing you’re not alone in this race.
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