I was taught earlier in my walk with the Lord that, “it is better to pray 30 minutes daily and consistently than to pray for 10 hours once in a week.” The one who prays 30 minutes daily and consistently would be stronger than the one who prays just once a week. What makes us strong and anointed is not what we do once in a while but what we do daily. We must learn to practise God’s presence.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen” (2 Corinthians 13:14). Paul prayed for the Corinthian Church that the communion of the Holy Spirit would be with them. This is not just what we recite to close a Church service, it is the revelation of a truth we need to carry into our everyday life.

God wants us to “carry” or be conscious of His presence in our lives on a daily basis. It is true that God’s presence is with you if you are a child of God but it is the practice of that presence that will make you enjoy the blessings of His presence. This is why you need to know how to practise God’s presence.

You need to move beyond having a prayer life to living a life of prayer. I think it was Smith Wigglesworth who said, “I don’t ever pray any longer than twenty minutes. Yes, but I never go twenty minutes without praying.” What this renowned preacher meant is this; “I have a life of prayer; I think prayer, breathe prayer, talk prayer, and act prayer.”

Prayer is not an emergency response to life’s problems, it must be our default setting in life. It must become a second nature to us. Since we have the Holy Spirit in us and with us as Christians, prayer is simply maintaining an ongoing communication with Him as we go through life. The Holy Spirit does not want to be abandoned or just used when we need Him, He wants to be part of our everyday life.

Those who have learnt to practise God’s presence have learnt to commune with the Holy Spirit no matter where they are or what they do. They have what I call, “a mobile Christian life”, not a stationary or rigid one. Aside having a scheduled time of prayers, word study, worship and all that, they have learnt that communing with God must not be left to a location or a schedule, it must be ongoing.

As you go into today, learn to practise the presence of God. It has to be a practise if it would be a life. Learn to talk to the Holy Spirit as you go into your day to day activities. Ask Him questions. Give Him quality thanks. Adore Him. Listen to His silent whispers in your heart. Obey His instructions. Practise His presence and you would enjoy the blessings of His presence. You will succeed!

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria