Every Christian knows what it’s like to desire to be with God as much as they possibly can. However, we can’t just sit in a room all day.
We have things to do and people to share Jesus with, and we won’t find them in our prayer closet! We need to go out, go to work, take care of the family, meet with fellow believers, and preach the gospel to the lost!
But this doesn’t mean that we can’t walk and talk with God throughout our day, in fact, the Bible encourages us to. So, in this article, I am going to be covering 7 helpful tips to assist everyone reading this (myself included) to pray and talk to God throughout our day.
Read the Bible every day
If there is any one thing that I have noticed about my spiritual walk with God it is if I do not read the Bible at least every day, my prayer life will fall short.
However, on the flip side of this, if I read my Bible every day I don’t necessarily need to think about prayer, it just comes more naturally.
I believe the reason for this is because the Bible is literally the words of God, and the Gospel of John makes it very clear that God and His Word are One (John 1:1). So when we take time to read God’s Word, we are taking time to receive the God of the Word. [Related article: Spending Time Reading the Bible (Common Questions Answered)].
The Bible is not just black words on a white page. The Bible reveals to us who God is by revealing to us what God thinks about certain subjects and how He feels about certain actions. When we look at the Bible we are looking into who God says He is, and it simply changes us. [Related article: How to Start Reading the Bible (Beginners Guide)].
The Bible says that to walk in the Spirit is to set our mind on the things of the Spirit (Romans 8:5-6). Well, what better way to do that than to read the Word of God, the very book of the Spirit?
So as we read the Bible every day it becomes increasingly easier to talk to God and keep our minds on Him throughout the day. Because of this, this tip is probably the most crucial one.
Talk to God during mundane tasks
We all have mundane tasks that we need to accomplish. We all have to take out the trash, do the dishes, fold laundry, drive to work, sweep, get the mail, etc.
There are countless tasks that we do every day that require little to no brainpower, and usually we are doing them alone (or with little kids in the background), so what a great time to talk to God.
Instead of thinking about things that stress you out, make you angry, make you prideful, or whatever you are prone to think about that may be ungodly, let’s think about Him by talking to Him and thanking Him for everything that He has done for us.
It is a super simple tip but one that makes all the difference, especially if you have a busy schedule. (Related article: 7 Tips to Remember God Throughout the day).
Have a daily prayer time
We all need time to seek God in secret prayer. Whether it’s in the morning, evening, or in the middle of the day during a child’s nap or a lunch break, take time to be with God in prayer.
Jesus made it clear through His example and through His teachings that we are to have a time to get alone and pray when no one is around. (Related article: The Prayer Life of Jesus & How to Pray Like Him)
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly” (Matthew 6:6).
“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed“ (Mark 1:35).
It is true that our prayer life is to be a continual action that we take throughout our day, but it is equally true that we should have a set time for a more focused time with the Lord.
Pray in the spirit often
The apostle Paul exhorted followers of Jesus, in His letters, “to pray in the spirit at all times” (Ephesians 6:18), and he even mentioned that he prayed in the spirit very often throughout his day (1 Corinthians 14:18).
But what does it mean to “pray in the spirit”? Does it mean that we just pray with more fervor? Or does it mean that we are deeper in God’s presence than normal?
Well, the apostle Paul makes it very clear what it means to pray in the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 14.
“For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding” (1 Corinthians 14:14-15).
Do you see how Paul uses “praying in a tongue” and “praying with the spirit” interchangeably? He makes a very clear statement that when we pray in tongues our spirit is praying. (Related article: Speaking in Tongues: 5 Things to Know from the Bible).
Now the Bible gives commands throughout scripture to “pray in the spirit at all times” (Ephesians 6:18), to “pray in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 1:20), and to sing in the spirit (1 Corinthians 14:14-15, Colossians 3:16).
Paul even goes on to say that he speaks in tongues more than the entire church in the city of Corinth (1 Corinthians 14:18). That’s a lot of speaking in tongues! This probably means that he woke up, went about his day, and went to bed, speaking in tongues.
Sounds like he lived out the command that he gave to the church at Ephesus when he told them to pray in the spirit at all times, doesn’t it?
If the apostle Paul did it, then we should too!
Ask God to assist you in everything
We all have goals to complete and to-do lists to get around to. As we do these things we should be talking to God and asking Him for help if we need it.
We need help loving our spouse and children, we need help at work when a task or a problem arises, we need help with things daily. All of these issues, problems, to-do lists and goals should be communicated from your heart to His.
He sees everything that we go through. He understands the amount of stuff that needs to be accomplished in a given day just to take care of your family. So if He sees everything and understands it better than we do, why don’t we talk to Him about it and request His help?
He is the God of the universe and He is willing to assist us and give us the wisdom to accomplish what we need, so long as our desire is pure and our requests are within His will.
I personally believe that this is what the apostle Paul was referring to when he said,
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:8).
Thank God for everything
Another helpful tip is to thank God for everything throughout your day.
I know it may sound silly and even cliche to be thankful for everything, but this is what the Bible teaches and it is also what the apostle Paul consistently exhorts followers of Jesus to do.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving” (Philippians 4:4)
“pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).
“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13:15).
As you can see from just a few verses, the Bible teaches that one way to commune with God throughout our day is to be thankful and to express that thankfulness by telling Him how much we appreciate Him.
Also, notice the language those three verses use. The writers use language such as “in everything” and “continually.” These few simple words reveal to us that we shouldn’t just have 15 minutes of thanksgiving in the morning, rather they reveal that it should be continually, as we go about our day.
Sing praises often
My final tip I have for you is to sing praises often throughout the day and during your prayer time.
Singing praises is often overlooked when it comes to spending time with God. Most Christians go to church and sing three songs before the sermon, but they never take that singing into their own personal prayer times. (Related article: Singing in the Spirit: What it is & How to do it).
Singing to the Lord was a huge portion of the apostle Paul’s prayer life! (Related article: The Prayer Life of the Apostel Paul & How to Pray Like Him)
“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them” (Acts 16:25).
I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding” (1 Corinthians 14:15)
Not only did he do this himself, but he also exhorted all followers of Jesus to sing as a form of worship and praise.
“..be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:18-19).
So, in short, singing can be an incredible tool to worship the Father throughout our day. You can put on some worship music or you can just sing acapella if you know a chorus or two. Whatever you do, the important thing to remember is that you are singing to the Lord, you are not singing to hear yourself. So it shouldn’t matter if you are good or not!
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