During college, I loved coming home for Christmas break and reconnecting with friends. I would spend hours at this local coffee shop with my friends, catching up on the developments of the past months. I always left these times encouraged and refreshed.
Since Wednesday is our traditional church prayer day, I’d like us to do a quick evaluation: how many of us need to reconnect with God? Many of us read the Scriptures throughout the week, yet as one who has spent a fair bit of time in the Bible, I know that even daily Bible readings can sometimes grow dry. Following the focus of Psalm 145, if we’re in need of encouragement and refreshment, let’s try to renew our spirit of praise.
Here are a few things you can do to reconnect with God this week:
Evaluate your life. What is your relationship with God like? What is something that threatens to distract your praise from God? Has your practice of praise become so routine it has lost its meaning?
Set a time. Where could you set apart 20-30 minutes once this week to specifically pay attention to God and respond to His glory?
Start with Scripture. The Spirit of God works through the Word. If you want a real connection with God, it needs to start here. Maybe pick Psalm 145, or another favorite passage. Read it slowly and meditatively, and then move from the Scripture to praise and pray.
Maybe your life is incredibly full and you haven’t had time for the Bible. Maybe you’re going through a season of despair and you’re not sure what to do. Maybe you’re a regular in worship and prayer, but you’d like to keep growing. Whatever the reason, take some time to reconnect with God this week. And, just in case you’re fearful that He won’t welcome that, just remember Psalm 145:18: “The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”