It takes a special kind of courage to draw near to God. Yet the reward is amazing as His presence comes near to you. God’s presence is actually the very thing our hearts seek. It fills us and fulfills us all at the same time. It can completely change the mundane into the opportunity to see beauty and feel awe. Can you even remember the last time you felt awe at what God was doing in your ordinary life?
But what does that look like on a Monday morning as you rush off to another week chasing your job?
- Be Intentional. If you truly want to feel God’s presence and know His wisdom and peace then it takes setting aside even a few minutes to draw near to Him.
- How do you do that? Open your hands – actually do it – and ask God to take the things that interrupt His flow in your life. Ask Him to point them out. Listen. Actually do the motion of washing your hands while asking God to help you make changes.
- Offer your heart. Lift your clean hands toward Heaven and offer God your heart, asking Him to fill it with His wisdom, peace, joy and presence.
- Be single minded in following Jesus. When we are double minded (one day seeking Him, the next day ignoring Him) we will find instability rocking our minds and emotions.
As you reach out to Him, He will reach back to you. It’s a promise. His presence will make all the difference in the stability and fulfillment of your life.
Father God, so many things distract me and you often seem far away in my day-to-day reality. Help me to use the exercise daily of opening my hands and having you show me what I need to wash out of my life. Then extending my arms to heaven to receive from you as you reach back to me with the fruit of Your Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, faith, humility and self control - Galatians 5:22). Please help me to be intentional today in drawing hear to you. In the strong name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.
Today don’t just read about this short exercise. Actually take a moment right where you are to open your hands and offer your heart. You will be amazed at the difference it makes in your day.
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