Go deeper in your prayer times and spend a little longer in God’s presence:
1. Reflect on the Bible
Intentionally slow down as you read a passage of the Bible, and ask God to speak to you.
Read the passage a few times, slowly, and note any words or phrases that jump out to you. Pray for wisdom and revelation as you take time in God’s presence.
Here are a few to start with:
“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand…” - Psalm 16
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” - Luke 15:11-32
2. Invest in Thankfulness
So often we’re quick to come with our requests before God, so take time to remember who you’re praying to.
Bring to mind some of the qualities of God that you know to be true, then spend time giving thanks to God for who He is.
You might like to play some worship music as you praise, or focus your thankful prayers on one of the Psalms.
3. Reflect on what God is teaching
The Examen is a simple practice focusing on reflection and stillness at the end of the day. It involves 5 simple steps:
- Become Aware of God’s Presence
- Review the Day with Gratitude
- Pay Attention to your Emotions
- Choose one thing to pray for
- Look to tomorrow
4. Be Silent and Still
Stopping and being quiet for a period of time can feel daunting – but it can bring us closer to God.
Try practicing a few of these tips to help you as you take time in stillness:
- Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your time
- Give your thoughts and emotions to God
- Focus on a specific truth and use that to shape your reflective time.
5. Take your prayers with you
Step outside of your regular routine by heading to a different place to pray.
You might like to walk around your local neighbourhood or place of study; into the countryside or by the sea. Allow yourself time to pray somewhere different, and connect with God where you are.
For more inspiration on slowing down and investing in prayer, check out the following from the 24-7 Prayer Blog:
1. The Start Slow blog series
2. How to get excited about your day-to-day prayer life
3. How do I hear God when I pray?
4. How do I stop getting distracted when I pray?