As a part of a conversation that is happening on Sunday nights at my church, I’m posting thoughts this week on what it means to be present and hear from God.
I’ve experimented a great deal over the last few years with different spiritual exercises, looking for new and better ways for me to experience God’s presence and hear from Him. Confession? As a pastor, I struggle with being present in the moment during church services. At times, the most meaningful times of connecting with and hearing from God have come for me when I’ve been alone and not in the context of a church gathering.
A couple years ago, I created a list of these exercises, including actions like prayer discipleship, walking labyrinths, taking retreats and fasting. These actions have helped me to be present with God in ways I wasn’t before. And they’ve helped me get over the stumbling block that I have to stop and do nothing to be present with God. None of us have the luxury of stopping and doing nothing to the degree that we need to experience God’s presence. But, exercises like the ones I mention in that post can help us be present with God amidst whatever we are doing.
If you’ve found a spiritual exercise that has been helpful for you in this area, please share it in the comments below. Too many people struggle with being present with God, with hearing from God – and we can help one another by sharing our experiences and what we’ve learned.