How to Connect With God All Day Long

Prayer is the Key to Daily Communion with God

For many years, I struggled in my attempts to remember God throughout everyday life. I was too busy, too distracted, too ignorant, and too inexperienced to know what it was like to commune with God during the day. I would start out well enough in morning devotions and prayer. But, a sense of God’s presence did not remain with me as the day went along.

How to Begin

How can you begin to commune with God in your every day life? Just a hint – it won’t happen by reading this post. It won’t happen by wanting it to happen. It won’t happen by longing for it. It won’t happen by reading a book on how to commune with God 24/7. You will need to learn how to commune with God. You can learn by training yourself over a long period of time. And, of course, your training will only be effective as you participate in the grace and life of God flowing in you. It boils down to this. You are able to commune with God throughout the day as you learn to pray from your heart.

An excellent way to begin is by saying prayers throughout the day. As you continually do this, you begin to notice your heart being drawn into communion with God. Now you’re getting somewhere!

Three Helpful Prayers

So here are three prayers that you can say often during the day. Train yourself to commune with God by saying them as often as you’re able.

  1. Lord, teach me to pray. This is taken from the disciples’ question to Jesus as they observed him praying.
  2. Lord, enlighten my darkness. This is an “arrow” prayer (shot to the heart of God) made most prominent by St. Gregory Palamas (14th c.)
  3. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Known as the Jesus Prayer, this is a theological and personal expression of our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Repeat one, two or all of these prayers throughout the day. Do this for days, months, and years. When you do, you’ll find yourself living in communion with the Triune God.

You’re Obeying Scripture 

You’ll also find that you are fulfilling some challenging scriptural exhortations –

  • Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving (Colossians 4.2)
  • Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5.17)
  • Praying always with all supplication (Ephesians 6.18)
  • Lord, teach us to pray (Luke 11.1)

The solution to your desire to commune with God all day long is to learn to pray from the heart. Pray. Pray. And, pray some more. Pray these short prayers. By the grace of God, you will commune with God all day long.

Which prayer will become “your” prayer today? How about this week? month? year?

Share your experiences of learning to pray below. Comment on your struggles and/or joys as you learn to pray. 

Dr. K 

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2 thoughts on “How to Connect With God All Day Long

  1. I love your paragraph on How to Begin. I should frame it!
    But I find using someone else’s prayer a bit inauthentic for me. I prefer to create my own. One I find myself using is “I accept Your plans and purposes for me whether or not I understand them.”
    When I’m trying to go to sleep and can’t stop my brain from thinking, I use a really short version of the Jesus prayer. It always works.

    • Thank you, Lois. The important thing is communion with God from the heart. What we say is significant only as it teaches us this kind of communion. The Jesus prayer and other written prayers have been used for centuries by those who know how to commune with God. Since I am such a novice, I am learning from these humble “experts.” I love how you focus on Jesus Christ as you fall asleep. Makes me want to take a nap! :-). Thank you for engaging. Thanks be to God for all things. Dr. K

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