But that is not what we long for.
Our souls crave continual communion with God that does not end when we close our Bible. We want to feel an intimacy that does not diminish during the day.
3 ways to cultivate continual communion with God
1. Take the quiet time off the to-do list
We must break the habit of treating the quiet time as a distinct event that we can check off.
This mindset shatters communion as soon as we complete our allotted 20 minutes with God. We may walk away from the quiet time refreshed, but we do not walk away connected.
Take the quiet time off the to-do list, and in a sense, put it on the to-be list. We don’t want to do communion with God as an event, we want to be in communion with God as a lifestyle.
2. Find ways to keep the Word open all day
David models this point like none other (Psalm 1:2, 63:1-8, 119:15). David also was a man after God’s own heart, like few others (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22). We need to take the hint.
We commune with God best in His Word. No surprise there, because the Word is His direct word to us. It’s more than a newspaper, it is a personal, intimate word. Constant meditation on the Word is a rich feeding for the soul. If we let the Word of God dwell richly in us through the day, it will draw us into continual communion. We can savor the God of the Word all day by tasting the Word of God all day.
Two ways I have found to do this:
First, memorize a verse from the quiet time that can be used for either soul-feeding or sin-fighting (or both).
Second, write a verse on a note card and pocket it.
Either option is beneficial. Both are easy and effective. Sometimes I have found my pocket more sure than my memory, so I use a mix of both approaches (coincidentally, reading a note card all day often locks it into memory).
A beautiful side effect of keeping the Word open all day: It is combustible tinder for a ceaseless prayer life.
3. Go back for another drink
Only recently have I come to appreciate the value of the model in Daniel 6:10. We often feel drained during the day. Sin is creeping in. We’re wearing down. Things start to fall apart…
The note card may not be enough.
Why not go back before the Lord on our knees?
Using a blend of the three approaches is best. They all have a place. But in the end, I don’t really care what it takes to get close to God. The continual communion is what I am after. I just want to experience intimacy with God. I want you to as well.
What helps you cultivate continual communion during your day?