We’re at the half way point of 2020 and for most of us, these past six months have been filled with unprecedented changes, uncertainty, fear, loss, isolation, grief and division. We are all adopting new habits that change the way we live, like mask wearing and social distancing.
But what about our spiritual habits?
Making time with God a daily habit can be even more life changing.
As this pandemic wears on and the number of cases in our state continue to set records, it is a disheartening time. Many of us are faced with making back-to-school decisions, when there are more questions than answers, and no decision “feels right.”
We may not know what the rest of 2020 holds but we know that God is with us, he is the one who can perfectly comfort and help us and he will draw near to us when we seek him.
Make God the one thing you pursue above anything else.
Here are five spiritual disciplines you can practice to make time with God a daily habit:
1. Give thanks
“We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds.” – Psalms 75:1
Have you experienced healing? Answered prayers? Breakthrough in the life of someone you love? Salvation? As you seek God’s heart for this new season, take a moment to thank Him for what He’s already done.
2. Spend five minutes in silence
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” – John 15:4
Abiding in Jesus starts with stillness. Pause, take a deep breath, and give anything concerning you over to God. Spend 5 minutes centering your heart on the One who matters most.
3. Remember Whose you are
“You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
God loves you. (Let that sink in.) The price He paid for you cost Him everything. Remind yourself of Whose you are, and then confidently dream big with God for this new season.
4. Meditate on God’s Word
“Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.” – Psalms 119:97
How does Jesus want you to live? One of the best ways to find out is to spend time in Scripture. As you do, ask God to speak to you through His Words about what your next right step should be. (Not sure how to start studying God’s Word? Read this.)
5. Focus on what is excellent
“…If there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8
You have been given the mind of Christ. If you’re not sure of what you should do in your next season, try asking yourself: What is praiseworthy? What decisions would honor God? Make a list of whatever comes to mind, and intentionally pursue those things.
By practicing these five steps every day, you can actively create keystone habits: acquired patterns of behavior that form the basis of your daily routines.
Imagine what good, personal habits you might be cultivating a year from now because you purposefully chose to pursue intimacy with God today!