“My mouth is filled with your praise and with your glory all the day”. – Psalm 71:8
As I’m writing this, it’s Sunday morning. God’s day. Going to church on Sunday is good! But, it’s even better to make every day, all day God’s day. I don’t mean we should sit, pray, and read our Bibles all day. God wants us to live our actual lives – family, work, play – all of it.
But, what if, while we were living our daily lives, we invited God to be with us? What if we acknowledged his presence by talking to him – as we drive to work, shop for groceries, or relate to others?
“Spiritual people are . . . those who draw their life from a conversational relationship with God” (Dallas Willard). When we have an ongoing conversation with God, he enlivens us, energizes us, gives us true life. We become aware of what pleases him, are a little bolder in sharing our thoughts about him, and find our hearts softening toward those around us. Then, little by little joy creeps in. When I talk to God more, I smile more, too!
What can you talk to him about? Here are a few ideas from Psalm 71:
Tell him when you don’t feel safe: “Be to me a rock of refuge to which I can continually come.” (v. 3a)
Praise him for who he is: “My praise is continually of you.” (v. 6b)
Talk to him about your dreams: “I will hope continually.” (v. 14a)
Thank him for something he did for you: “My tongue will talk of your righteous help all day long.” (v. 24a)
The more we talk to him, the more natural it feels. Life gets a new dimension – God’s perspective, direction, companionship. Amazing, really!
“Prayer is talking with God about what we are doing together.” – Dallas Willard