A Game Plan for Greater Connection
Having a desire to pray and connect more with God is a great first step to deepening your relationship with Him.
But I’ve found that getting an actual game plan in place to connect with Him more is vital to making it happen.
Communing or talking with God is a huge part of fulfilling the greatest commandment to love Him with all of our hearts (Mt. 22:37). Loving God with all of your heart isn’t just evidenced by your outward actions or by abstaining from sin (though those are important); just like with any relationship, it is the time spent in communion and fellowship that truly builds and strengthens the bond you have with someone.Talking to God and communing with the Spirit are so simple that they're easy to overlook and rarely do. Click To Tweet
I’ve found that having a set plan including “talking points” is important to help us begin to dialogue with the Spirit because the concept of ‘talking to God’ or ‘communing with the Spirit’ is so simple that it’s really easy to overlook it and rarely end up actually doing it.
I suggest that your starting goal should be to set aside 2-3 minutes 4-5 times a day during which you intentionally and purposely stop what you’re doing, quiet your thoughts, and focus on the Spirit and the glory of God dwelling within you.
Here are 5 phrases (using the acronym T-R-U-S-T) to pray during those 2-3 minutes:
1. Thank you Holy Spirit
Stop and recognize the Spirit’s presence in you by simply thanking Him for it. “Thank you Holy Spirit, for Your presence in me. Thank You for the presence of Your love, peace, patience, and self-control that is in me” (Jn. 15:5, Gal 5:22-23).
2. Reign in my life Holy Spirit
Ask the Holy Spirit to rule or lead your life, including your job, finances, strategic alliances, and new ideas and opportunities in all areas of your life. “Spirit, lead me into my full destiny, grant me divine opportunities and show me the way to Your purposes as You lead me away from Satan’s traps (temptations). I love Your leadership. Help me run with You as You establish God’s order in my home, job and ministry” (Song. 1:4, Mt. 6:13, Lk. 19:17, 27, Rom 5:17).
3. Strengthen me Holy Spirit
Ask Holy Spirit for His strength in your emotions and ask Him to activate the power that is already in your spirit. “I love Your presence in me. Apart from dialoguing (interacting/connecting) with You, I can do nothing.” (Jn. 15:5) “Thank You for warring against my flesh and guarding my speech” (Ps. 141:3, Gal. 5:17, Eph. 3:16).
4. Teach me Holy Spirit
Ask Him to teach you the truth about God, His Word, and His ways. “I love Your ways and thoughts. Reveal the knowledge of God and Your Word and ways to me” (Jn. 14:26, 16:13).
5. Use me Holy Spirit
Ask the indwelling Spirit to use you more by giving manifestations of His gifts of power to minister to others. “Thank you, Spirit, for releasing Your gifts through me” (1 Cor. 12:7).
When I’m communing with the Spirit, it helps me to picture one of two things; I either picture the Holy Spirit burning like a flaming fire within me (Song. 8:6), or I set my mind upon the throne of God in heaven (Rev. 4). I encourage you to go very slow as you pray these 5 phrases. Say one or two sentences, then stop and listen to the Spirit. Then say several more sentences, then pray or sing softly in the Spirit (tongues), and then stop and listen again. This will be a challenge at first, but it will get easier to focus as the days and weeks go by and you continue to do it 4-5 times each day.
After doing this for a few days, I guarantee that you will feel a shift on the inside of you and begin to feel changes in your mind, your will, and your emotions. You’ll see changes because you’re fellowshipping with the ever-present unchanging reality of perfection and love on the inside of you, God Himself. He is alive, He never changes, He is dwelling within you, He is always in a good mood, and He longs to speak and have fellowship with us even more than we long to fellowship with Him. (Mt. 13:17).God is alive, in a good mood, and longs to speak and have fellowship with us even more than we long to fellowship with Him. Click To Tweet
Huge thanks to Mike Bickle for creating this prayer acronym.
Huge thanks to my friend Jordan Vanderplate for letting me use this photo from Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta Canada. Check out more of his work here.