The Church will worship in a sanctuary on Sunday morning. This is a space that is dedicated to the worship of God. In a similar way, Sunday morning is a time that is set aside for the same purpose. The sanctuary is a space and Sunday morning is a time that are both sacred.
What if we took this same principle and applied it to our everyday worship? What if we created sacred spaces and times in our lives?
I am blessed to have a church sanctuary right outside of my office door. I can go across the hall to pray and be still before God at any time in this sacred space. I can certainly pray at my desk just as easily, but I have my computer, phone, and other weapons of mass distraction close by at hand.
Do you have a prayer closet at your home? Maybe not a literal closet. Maybe it is a chair. Maybe it is a porch. It is someplace you go where you connect with God. When I am at home, I enjoy my devotion time in the sun room in our house. It is in the far corner of the house, away from all the other busyness that is happening.
You could go to a park. You could go to the library. You could go to a cafe. Where do you go to get away from it all to connect with God? Are you intentional about finding this space?
Then there is creating time. This is a time dedicated to the purpose of being present with God. It might be the same time every day. It might be a different time. It is not so much about when the time is, but what we do with the time.
Set aside the to-do list. Turn off the phone. Avoid anything that might disrupt you. STOP doing and simply be present with God. In Psalm 46:10 it says, “be still and know that I am God.”
Do you have a time for silence in your day? Silence is something that is often missing in our modern world. We are often uncomfortable with silence because we are not accustomed to it.
Each day I will set a timer for 10 minutes. Then I take the 10 minutes just to be still. I use this time to simply listen. I don’t aim to be presumptive before God, but just ask him to say what he wants to say.
Sometimes the greatest act of worship is not to sing a song or to say anything. It is just to be still and stand in awe. Think about standing over the Grand Canyon for the first time. It is a religious experience. You don’t do anything other than take it all in. You stand in amazement and silence. Then you consider that God is even grander.
The greatest compliment I can pay God is to be still before him. I come empty handed, realizing I have nothing to give or to offer him. I just marvel at how and why he should love me, a sinner.
Do you have a sacred time with God each day? If so what does that look like? If not, how might you develop such a time?