Heavenly Father, I praise and glorify You, my God. I thank You for the promises and hope of Your word. Thank you that You promised to walk with me.
Lord, I thank You that You will guide and teach me, as I let Your word and truth turn my heart from sin and renew my mind in goodness and truthfulness.
2 Corinthians 6:16 I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.
Psalm 25:4 – 5 Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths, guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are my Lord and Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.
Show me how to walk daily with My God
Lord Jesus Christ, I come in need to walk in the hope that only You can give.
My way is unclear. The path is sometimes filled with twists and turns and confusion.
Show me Your ways, Lord. Show me how You would walk in these places.
Teach me Your paths of grace, mercy, integrity and love. Help me to grasp Your ways so I can walk securely in them, even in the valley of darkness.
Lord, I need to know Your perspective. Help me, Lord Jesus, to focus on Your ways.
Psalm 119 : 15 I will meditate on Your precepts and have respect to Your ways.
Seeking Guidance in the Word
Guide me in Your truth, Lord Jesus. Without Your Word active in my heart and mind, I cannot know Your truth. Help me make time to read the Word.
Help me to take time to meditate on your Word and let it penetrate into my heart.
Lord, Your Word will guide me as a beacon and a light. Forgive me when I have left it on the shelf, collecting dust.
Forgive me if the cares of the world have simply come in my way where I grabbed a verse and run off for the day, forgetting what I read.
Help me, Lord I pray. Take away everything that hinders me, while I spend quiet, quality time in Your word and prepare myself in my walk with God.
Psalms 18:1-2 I love you, Lord, my Strength. The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress and my Deliverer, my God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my Salvation, my Stronghold.
Focusing on the Lord
Oh Lord Jesus, You are my Savior, my Rescuer and Redeemer. You alone are the One who restores and renews my spirit and brings meaning to my life.
You bless me as I deserved in my daily toil. May my heart overflow with thanksgiving to You for Your hand in my life.
Lord, I will put my hope in You today, all day long. Remind me, through Your Holy Spirit, to look to You for guidance.
Call me into Your quiet presence to think on Your truths and precepts. May I not be distracted by the world. Thank you that You give the hope and help and peace I need.
Thank you that You never cease to call me to Yourself. Help me to respond afresh to Your presence in my life as I seek You daily in prayer and meditation.
Help me, Lord Jesus Christ, walk with You, my Lord and God, Amen!
Read also: Prayer for Divine Direction for My Life Today and Prayer for Discernment and Judgement
Worship Song – I Surrender- by Hillsong
If you really want a closer walk with God you’ll probably need to be prepared to change some of your priorities.
The Lord has made it abundantly clear that He wants me to re-order my priorities. I have become very busy with doing many good things, God is saying,
“Put your relationship with Me first!”
So, I am laying aside many of the things that have kept me busy and going back to giving the Lord first place in my life. I hope that you’ll join me.
God doesn’t want you to do more for Him, He wants you to spend more time with Him.
Abide in Me
He says, “I am the vine, and you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit; without Me you can do nothing.”
Your heavenly Father wants you to choose to be with Him more of the time. He longs for you to choose to spend more of your day with Him and be more aware of His presence in and around you.
I strongly encourage you to become closely connected then stay closely connected. Remember, without God you can do nothing of any lasting value.
If you want to grow in God, then you can no longer settle for giving Him second or third or fourth place. Make friendship with God your first priority.
Are you ready to give God FIRST place in your life?
- What will you start to do differently to make sure that God gets His rightful place?
I’m going back to spending the first part of the day with God. For me, that means meditating on His word, writing down what I hear Him say, and acting on what I hear.
What does it mean for you?
Christian LIFE Coach and Life Coach Trainer
Author of How To Hear God
P.S. This blog is for people who are serious about developing a closer walk with God – you will find resources, inspiration, encouragement and practical help to become more aware of God’s presence and discover how to hear God through the many different ways He speaks to you.
· 51 ratings · 9 reviews
Jan 16, 2015 John
it was amazing
This book changed my spiritual life. I never thought I would be able to calm myself and sit in silence. I was one of those people who go, go, go. Every minute of every day was in my day planner. This book taught me the importance of putting ‘prayer’ into my planner and how to let go of all ‘that’ and just ‘be.’ The author gives many different approaches with the hope that one of them will work for you. Highly recommended for anyone struggling with how to just ‘be.’
Nov 29, 2018 Brian Wilcox
it was amazing Having read and guided groups in Centering Prayer and Contemplative Living for many years, I found this to be one of the better guides for bringing those two together. Muyskens places Centering Prayer within the context of a way of life beyond merely technique or self-inflating ‘spirituality’ or ‘religiosity’. He demonstrates Centering Prayer is a means to nurture and open to a way of life relational with the Source of all being.
The book, being a practical guide, yet steers clear of the arid-di
Having read and guided groups in Centering Prayer and Contemplative Living for many years, I found this to be one of the better guides for bringing those two together. Muyskens places Centering Prayer within the context of a way of life beyond merely technique or self-inflating ‘spirituality’ or ‘religiosity’. He demonstrates Centering Prayer is a means to nurture and open to a way of life relational with the Source of all being.
The book, being a practical guide, yet steers clear of the arid-didactic, the author able to communicate through the selections the subtle liveliness and devotional atmosphere inherent in what he is indicating in these simple, yet profound lessons on pure Prayer and contemplative wisdom.
…more Jul 21, 2017 Karen Smith
it was amazing
The impact this book made on my spiritual life has been legion. It will be a go to for me.
Seemed Looonnnggg It was very difficult to stick with this one. Glad I finally finished. Still not picking up what’s being taught here.
Mar 23, 2014 Andrea
really liked it This book, which is a devotional focused on “centering prayer” was being used by a book group at my church. It is not the type of reading I would usually choose and at first I was really resistant to the idea of keeping my mind “centered” by what seemed to me to be “not thinking” It seemed kind of anti intellectual and “touchy feely” for my taste. But I kept with it and while I never achieved exactly what the book seems to be describing some kind of meditative state beyond thought, I did find a This book, which is a devotional focused on “centering prayer” was being used by a book group at my church. It is not the type of reading I would usually choose and at first I was really resistant to the idea of keeping my mind “centered” by what seemed to me to be “not thinking” It seemed kind of anti intellectual and “touchy feely” for my taste. But I kept with it and while I never achieved exactly what the book seems to be describing some kind of meditative state beyond thought, I did find a lot that was solid and valuable in the readings and also the invitations to contemplation. …more Aug 20, 2013 Dave Irwin
really liked it
I think the most important thing I gained from this book is that I need…and want…to spend time with God. However, how I spend that time is important. Oftentimes my prayer time is focused on me, what I want, my prayer needs, my list of “please Lord, take this pain away.” I spend so much time talking…I never really just listen. Muyskens taught me to use centered prayer. The idea is to spend 20 minutes focused on God, listening. It is something I want to continue to do.
I’m just beginning to scratch the surface of the practice of centering/listening/contemplative prayer. In my search for resources on this subject, I was pleasantly surprised to find this book, which is written by a member of my home church.
Oct 18, 2011 Jill
it was amazing
Great for both novices and those with experience in centering prayer practices alike. The meditations are very thoughtfully written and engaging. Recommend wholeheartedly!
Jun 22, 2013 Terri Milstead
it was amazing
Recommended to Terri by: Terri
A favorite book and one I have read several times in the last year and will continue to use in whole or part in the future. The practice of centering prayer has been such a blessing to find.