3 Ways to Cultivate Continual Communion with God

Cultivating Continual Communion in the WordBy the end of the day, the the morning quiet time is all but forgotten. The spirit of worship and prayer has faded to a dot in the rear-view mirror.

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?

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14 thoughts on “3 Ways to Cultivate Continual Communion with God

  1. I have done the notecard thing off and on for a lot of years… it has kept me sane. Well, ok, some would debate my sanity…

    But my sanity aside, it does keep my mind on God. And I pray through scripture as I am reading, memorizing, meditating on it…

      • LOL, I have a few years head start on you time wise. Age wise you are light years ahead of where I was at your age.

        I started doing the cards when I was in a very desparate situation. It was a way of hanging onto God.

  2. For years, I have printed out scripture & carried them around, & what amazes me the most is when I need them, prayer, teaching or trouble they flow through my mind especially when I awake early in the morning.

    • “what amazes me the most is when I need them…they flow through my mind”

      I have noticed this as well. I haven’t often attempted to memorize Scripture – just a few here and there at different points of my life, but I noticed that when I read often, repetively and prayerfully, the Word plants itself in my mind and comes to me when I need it.

      Thankfully, my situation in life right now as far as my responsibilities at work, etc., allow me a flexible schedule and lots of extra time to spend with the Word, in prayer, and learning from the brethren. When my life is busier, it’s a challenge to keep the same focus that I have during the less busy times; it’s not always a challenge I handle well, but with God’s help, I’m working on it! David’s story and his writing have been a big part of my growth over the past few months…always a great point of reference, Daniel! Psalm 119, in particular, is rich and overflowing with David’s thirst for God and his understanding of the importance of the Word.

  3. Honestly, my quite time has not been good at all, despite my current availability. Recently, I’d rather work on my website. I have to change this. I pray throughout the day, but do not purposefully set apart time on the side specifically to be quite with God.

    And I’ve never really used the cards. I’ve thought about it, though.

    • Thank you for sharing, Jonathan. The masks we often wear stands at a contrast to your honesty.

      I don’t have 3-times-per-day consistency like Daniel, and David’s hunger still puts me to shame.

      But I do know that my quiet times failed when I was motivated only by obligation. Feeling obligated to prayer like a saint couldn’t give me the hungry heart of a saint (that only God can create within).

      Seeking God out of hunger and love is the only proper proper way to approach Him. Nothing else works or means much.

      • That is so true. I’ve often times compared our physical realities to our spiritual ones. That is, we experience hunger pains if we do not eat food—what about spiritual? We ought to feel the pangs of hunger when we lack our spiritual food also.

        • Daniel, that is so true. With the house move of late I’ve spent almost zero time in the Word in the last four days and you have to be on guard. This is only the reason why we need to feed on the word constantly in times of feast. These famines will invariably come.

      • At those all-too-frequent times when I feel a lack of hunger or love toward God, I try to remember that I can ask Him to instill those in me and activate my thoughts in those directions…

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