God is all around us, in everything we do. He’s in the beauty of a sunset, in the laughter of a baby, in the love of a family. So how can we encounter God in our everyday lives? Here are a few ideas:
One of the most powerful and direct ways to encounter God is through prayer. Prayer is essentially having a conversation with Him. You may choose to be alone with Him, or join with others in group prayer. When you pray, make sure to be honest with God and come to Him with an open and humble heart.
Reading Scripture is an important part of encountering God. The Bible contains God’s message to us. As with prayer, it’s best to come to Scripture with an open and humble heart so that you can really listen to what God is telling you through His Word. Reading different books of the Bible can help draw you closer to God.
Meditation and Stillness
Meditating on Scripture, as well as just taking time to stillness, gives you the opportunity to open your heart and focus on God. Find a quiet place with no distractions, and focus on your breathing. As you quietly think on God, He will speak to your heart.
God calls us to serve those around us. When we reach out to others with compassion and love, we are taking part in God’s plan for His people. Serving others can be as simple as offering a kind word or doing a favor. Ultimately, by serving others we are serving God.
Listen to Music
When we listen to music, our hearts are opened to receive God’s message. Whether traditional worship songs, or your favorite pop song, take time to listen to God’s words. Reflecting on the lyrics and meditating on them can lead to a powerful encounter with God.
These are just a few of the many ways you can encounter God in your everyday life. Don’t forget to look for Him in the little moments of the day and you’re guaranteed to experience His presence!