Daily Inspiration

January 9, 2012

How Do We ‘Practice’ God’s Presence?

“I am the vine; you are the branches. . . . Apart from me you can do nothing.”

~ John 15:5

Following Christ isn’t a once-and-done action. It’s a process of continual following and drawing near to God.

Here’s how I explain it in my book Life in the Presence of God: “Practicing God’s presence [is] . . . a process of drawing nearer to a person who loves us and wants us to come close to him, to look to him in every circumstance of life as the eternal source of all goodness and truth. . . . Knowing God and living in his presence is the best thing that can happen to us; it’s life giving, not draining. Intimacy with God (through Christ) grows like any relationship, over time, and naturally overflows into activity.”*

Below are 13 different images of this process — each illustrating something about the ongoing nature of our relationship with God. We’re never finished doing any one of these things; neither do we have to attempt them on our own. We’ll experience freedom and enjoyment in these actions as we rely on the Holy Spirit to lead us in doing them.

*Quoted from Kenneth Boa, Life in the Presence of God: Practices for Living in Light of Eternity (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2017), p. 30.

**Quoted from Kenneth Boa and Jenny Abel, A Guide to Practicing God’s Presence: A Companion Guide to Life in the Presence of God (Atlanta: Trinity House Publishers, 2018), pp. 116–117.

Lord, make me aware of your presence throughout the day. Amen.

~ Ken Boa
Dr. Boa is devoted to a ministry of relational evangelism and discipleship, teaching, writing, and speaking. He holds a B.S. in astronomy from Case Institute of Technology, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. from New York University, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in England.

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