This pandemic has certainly shaken up our lives. It has showed us who really has control over our lives. It has always been God, but most likely we got caught up in our daily lives not even noticing that we have been calling the shots. Jobs, activities, and even church look a lot different in our lives now. It has knocked away our idols and showed us the only One we can truly rely on. We’ll talk about how we can stay close to God in some super easy steps!
Our Daily Bread
“Blessed is the one who’s delight is in the the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
God gave us His word to read and meditate on. Have you ever thought about just how special it is that we get to be in the holy presence of God every single time we read the Bible? Think about that the next time you read. Not only should we just read the Bible. God wants us to meditate on His word day and night. This means that if you read your Bible in the mornings and you’ve forgotten what you read by the time you fell asleep, then you should probably be meditating more. Try writing down. few verses that stood out to you. Maybe try to summarize the passage you read and apply it to your life. Then pray throughout the day about the verses you read.
“Pray then like this…”
The Lord’s Prayer is not just something that we grew up knowing. It’s the model that Jesus gives us to pray like. Jesus wants us to:
- Call on His name and know that He is our Father
- Recognize how holy He is
- Pray that his presence would be on this earth
- Long for His purpose and will to be played out
- Ask for forgiveness from God and forgive others
- Ask for guidance to not fall into temptation
These points guide us through the Lord’s prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is how we stay close to God, maintaining an intimate relationship with Him.
You can even take this time to pray for Christians who are being persecuted. Check out another blog here.
“You know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”
I know what you’re thinking. “Fasting is just something that people did way back then. We’re not really supposed to do that now.” Jesus, however, says “when you fast…” He is not saying if you fast. He is saying that this should be a regular practice along with prayer. You don’t have to fast food. For some people it may be unhealthy to fast from food. You could fast from technology, social media, TV shows, video games, or even some music. The point of fasting from anything is to set our minds on Christ when what usually satisfies us isn’t there anymore. Try praying every time you get hungry or you want to scroll through social media. This will help you maintain a close relationship with God when we have so much free time to follow our own desires being quarantined.
“Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.”
This is a stressful time of unknowns. The one certainty that we have is that our purpose is still in Christ. Consistently draw near to Him. Closeness to Jesus will ultimately bring you peace and joy. If you want to dig deeper into this, here’s a podcast by Breakaway Ministries called “Never Been Closer“.