Feel stuck finding time for listening to God? Get unstuck right here and create good habits.
We all know that listening to God involves spending time with him. But if you’re reading this you’re probably thinking, “How do I spend more time with God, when there’s just so much to do?”.
A great way forward is to create good habits. Making a few simple lifestyle tweaks will help you move listening to God away from being an effort, and turn it into a habit.
Trust me, listening to God doesn’t have to feel like you have a mountain to climb; it can be as easy as a stroll through a meadow!
I believe there are 3 keys to help us establish a lifestyle of listening to God.
Last time we discussed the first key: to seek a deeper desire for God. That’s because, when our heart’s desire changes, our mind begins to follow.
Over the next two posts, we’ll look at 2 more keys, which relate to each other and interlock with the first. Today we’ll discuss something that should be easy, but isn’t: how to create good habits.
When it comes to creating good habits, I’m erratic. In some areas of life I can be very disciplined, but in others, terrible.
Yes, I get up in the morning, I have my breakfast and brush my teeth like the rest of us. But that’s just what I learned to do when I was a child. They are all tasks that are so routine, so rote, that they’re fully assimilated into my life – a part of me and who I am.
But that gives me some questions:
I find myself asking those questions more frequently as I get older. And being a bit of a “productivity nut”, I’m always looking for ways to enable me to do more in less time. (Edit: That’s why I developed the 4 Steps to help grow my prophetic gift)
For me, these questions become even more important when it comes to spending time with God and listening to him.
If I can create truly integrated habits in a similar manner to those learned in my childhood, then getting into the Lord’s presence can become the path of least resistance. Listening to God translates into a simple joy, rather than something I have to expend huge amounts of energy on every day.
Of course, there’s a place for sacrifice and loving the Lord “with all your strength” (Luke 10:27), particularly when we don’t really feel up to it. But that’s not expected to be our daily reality.
The normal Christian life is not about “screwing our courage to the sticking place”, as Lady Macbeth might have it, but about being – and staying – intimate with our loving Father.
What kind of habits could I create that will help me to listen to God?
One example is a prayer I learnt a few years ago, which likens my body, soul and spirit to the different parts of God’s temple and offers them to him “as a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1).
The details and theology of this prayer are outside of the scope of this article, but I’ve prayed it consistently, pretty much every day, ever since I heard about it. It has changed me and it helps align my attitudes and purposes with the Lord every day.
Here are a few more examples you may find helpful. Some may be obvious, others perhaps less so:
I’m sure you can think of others. For further inspiration, you may like to read a FREE chapter from my book How To Hear God’s Voice.
Of course, all the above are good and laudable ways that might help us get close to God, but we have a problem:
How do we take each of those actions and make it into a habit?
However, this will serve as a summary of what I have found helpful in my journey into God:
So, we’ve covered two of our keys to establish a lifestyle of listening to God.
Tune in next time to find out what the third key is!
In the meantime, let me know what you think:
What are your favourite routines that help you listen to God and how did you turn them into habits?
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