Enoch walked with God (Genesis 5:24 ESV).
Have you ever wondered what that means? What does walking with God look like?
Later, James writes:
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you (James 4:8 ESV).
How does that happen?
Thankfully, just before Jesus left the earth in his physical form, he promised, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20 ESV). He also promised to send the Holy Spirit to be with you. (See John 14:15–27.) Jesus is with you, right where you are, all the time. Wherever you are, wherever you go, Jesus is with you.
How, then, can you spend more meaningful time with him? How can you walk more closely with him?
Focus on prayer and praise. Identify times when you are doing something that doesn’t take a lot of brain power. Turn those times into conversations with Jesus. Use the time to pray to him and praise him. Those times can include the following:
- Taking a walk
- Driving to and from work
- Waiting in line for something (haircut, grocery store, DMV, doctor’s office)
- Doing any kind of yard work (mowing, weeding, gardening)
- Cleaning the house
- Washing dishes
- Rocking your baby
Journal. Schedule a time during the day or just jot things down as you think of them. Ask Jesus questions, write out your prayers, record answers to your prayers, write out your praise, list things you are thankful for and the blessings God has shown you. Periodically go back and review what God has been doing in your life.
Think about it. Jot down a verse or two from your daily Bible reading or purchase a verse-a-day calendar. Carry it with you so you can read it and think about it throughout the day.
Change your mealtime prayers. Instead of just reciting one or two familiar prayers before you eat, really talk to Jesus. Consciously invite him to be your guest for supper and include him in your thoughts or conversation as you eat.
Seek his direction. God cares about every detail of your life. Ask for his guidance in your decisions and choices.
Devotions before bed. There are many books that include brief devotions. Put one by your bed to read at night, and then think about it as you fall asleep.
Change the station. Find a Christian radio station or download praise music and Bible-based podcasts to listen to in the car or as you exercise.
Take time to listen. Make sure you are not the one doing all the talking in your relationship with Jesus. Pay attention to what he’s saying to you through your Bible reading and the devotions and sermons you hear. Ask him to help you to understand and follow his Word.
Say sentence prayers. As you go through the day, there are times when you are busy and need to concentrate. But, even in times like that, invite Jesus to be a part of your thought process by saying things like “Thank you, Jesus” or “Help me, please” or “I trust you, Jesus” or “What should I do, Lord?” or “Show me your way, Father.”
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