God Is Here
The purpose of this daily rhythm is to make ourselves present to a God who is always present to us.
No matter where we are, what time of day, or what mood we’re in—God is with us.
Carrying this acknowledgment with us throughout the day,
will help cultivate an awareness of God’s presence in our daily lives.
Start with a simple prayer: “God, I know that you are with me and that you love me. Help me to see you at work in my life and in the world around me.”
Find a space where you can be fully attentive to the presence of God. Your personality type and spiritual makeup matter immensely here. Find a space where you can be most present with God.
In that space, take some time to read (or listen to) a Psalm. You might choose to start with Psalm 1 and work your way through the book in the coming months. Keep in mind that some of the Psalms are quite long and will need to be spread across multiple days in order to fully digest them.
Before you read, ask the Holy Spirit to inspire, that is “breathe into,” your reading of the Bible.
Then, read slowly and carefully. Reread words or verses as necessary. Take note of phrases that stand out to you. Don’t be in a hurry. The goal is not simply to read but to meditate on the Word of God. As you’re reading, pay attention to the character and actions of God, how the writer understands their relationship with God, the kinds of things that they are bringing to God.
Finish your time by sharing with God whatever’s on your heart and mind. Ask God for eyes to see where He is at work around you. Give him your day with all of its hopes, fears, joys, and concerns.
Take time to write down anything that’s on your heart.
Take a short break to remind yourself that God is with you, working in you and through you. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you (1 Samuel 3:10 – “Speak, Lord for your servant is listening”), and then take some time to listen. Have grace with yourself during this time. If your mind wanders, gently bring it back. And don’t be discouraged if you don’t hear anything. Try to pursue presence before communication. He is with you.
After you have spent some time in silence, listening, begin to review your day. Be aware of the feelings that rise to the surface and offer them up in prayer. Consider where or what Jesus is inviting you into.
Close your time with gratitude (for God’s presence and work in your day to this point) and expectancy (for God’s presence and work in the rest of the day).
Take some time to write in your journal.
Find a space where you can be attentive and take some time to read a short passage in a Gospel (if you’re not sure where to start, try Mark). Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you, then read. Don’t read a whole chapter, just a few verses, and meditate on them. The goal is to spend time with Jesus. Pay attention to words or phrases that stand out, questions that arise, etc.
As you journal your thoughts, where do you hear God’s voice, notice his activity, or sense his presence? How might you respond to his presence?
“I want my quiet time to last all the day long.”Dallas Willard