How to Make God-Time More Intense

Dear Pastor Andy, how can I make my time with God more intense? I need ideas on how to make my prayer and worship time better.

My Reply:
The Bible tells us that we should meditate on the Word of God daily. It also tells us that His Word should always be on our lips. You know how songs often get stuck on our brains and it takes forever to get them out? That’s how God’s Word should be with us.

I’ve found that often times when I’m feeling dry, I’ll pick up the Bible and just read someplace. And when I do, it’s like the clouds parted and the sun shone through. Heck, just by opening the Bible and looking at the pages, I can feel the LIFE coming from them. The experience you’ll get by reading the Word will really overwhelm you if you let it, and Jesus will meet you there as you read them if you ask Him to.

So try praying first for understanding of what God wants you to get from it, read the Bible, then pray again for understanding on how to apply it, and meditate on it throughout the rest of the day. Let what you read be what sticks in your mind. It might also help you to record your thoughts onto your phone, or write them down for later.

Finally, also in your prayer time, pray for other people. That often helps me dig deeper in my quality time with Him, too.

—Pastor Andy G.

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2 thoughts on “How to Make God-Time More Intense

  1. Matthew 24:35–“(Jesus says) Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away”. With that, there’s a sense that every part of the Holy Bible has timeless, eternal significance (for this earthly life and beyond), and is not just a passing fad (let alone heaven and earth that will pass away). As Pastor Andy says, pray for understanding (in your RELATIONSHIP with the Lord), and no matter what part of the Bible you start your journey on, you’re at least on the right narrow road that leads to true life (Matthew 7:14).

  2. Regarding: “How to Make God-Time More Intense.”
    You might try this:
    Ask the Lord God Jehovah, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to show you if there is anything in your life that you may have unwittingly allowed to interfere with the intensity of your fellowship with Him (Search me, O God, and know my heart ; … Psa 139:23-24) NKJV. One of my favorite pastors, Dr. Charles Stanley of In Touch Ministries, states that one of the best prayers we could ever pray for ourselves or others, to increase in the wisdom and knowledge of God is : Colos 1:9-14 NKJV. Ephesians 1:15-21 is another great passage to meditate on, to intensify your time with the Lord God. Invite Him alone, none other, to speak to your heart. Write out your prayer, as time permits. Thank Him for His great sacrifice of the cross. You may prefer to focus on His holiness, or faithfulness, etc. Be quiet and still listening for His response to your prayer. Then, write what the Lord impresses upon your heart. Finally, you must decide if you will commit to obey Him. Ideally, commit to obedience in advance. That includes doing His will, His way, and on His schedule.
    If you don’t already know how He speaks to you, ask Him, Jehovah God who is one with Christ Jesus, to teach you to know His voice. He has various ways of speaking to us. Primarily, He speaks to us through His word, the Bible. Of course, he speaks to us profoundly during prayer and worship. He will never lead us to do anything that is contrary to what He tells us in the Bible. We need Him to protect us from being deceived and left confused by Satan and his evil spirits, by the world and the philosophies of men, and by the voice of our own lustful, materialistic, human nature which is sinful. I pray that this will be helpful. May the Lord bless You more.

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