In ESPN’s recent documentary, The Last Dance, the story of the (arguably) greatest basketball player to ever live is told. Michael Jordan was named the most valuable player of the NBA 5 times, led his team to win multiple NBA Finals, and broke numerous records during his career. Sure he was born with major athletic ability, but as you watch the show you see the time and effort invested to become a basketball legend. Most of us probably won’t have an entire docuseries about us, but realistically think about the things you're good at. Did you earn that starting position overnight? Memorize the entire script in one day? Play every note perfectly on the first try? Instantly learn how to do the splits? Master that skill after a single practice? The odds of those things being true for you is very slim.
To become increasingly natural and good at doing any new thing in life, it takes intentionality, discipline, and time. The same applies to our prayer life. It can be so easy to get sidetracked by the noise of our hectic lives, or get in the “I’ll make time later” mindset. However, if God is placed on the backburner of our daily life, His voice is going to be drowned out by everything else. How would you deeply and truly get to know anyone if you only spoke to them once a week, month, or year? God desires your full attention… daily! He wants an intimate relationship with His child. He wants to lavish you with His love. When we pray, it may not come easily at first. But we will never know what a consistent relationship with God is like unless we set aside time to be consistent.
It doesn’t take an absorbent amount of time in order to give God your undistracted attention. You don’t have to get up before sunrise and spend the rest of the day drinking coffee and yawning. Look for the first spot of quiet in your day and reserve it for God. Being still in His presence is simply acknowledging that moment is directly meant for Him. Rather than scrolling through social media over breakfast, maybe write your prayers to God. Use one of your car rides of the day to listen to worship music. While enjoying a summer sunset, just sit in silence. Rest in the Lord’s presence. Acknowledge the Lord’s presence in your life.
High School is usually a crazy time, with life bringing us one thing after another. To make this act of being still a part of your routine, it may benefit you to reserve a timeslot just for the Lord. Find the first spot of quiet and give it to your Father.
During the next available 5 minutes of today, see what it’s like to just be still. No distractions, no phone. Just acknowledge God’s presence. Ask Him to give you the discipline to be intentional about being with Him on a daily basis.
Be still in the presence of the Lord , and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep.