Practicing God’s Presence

Time to Practice His Presence

There are two basic kinds of time: chronos and kairos.

Chronos is calendar time. The Quiet Time series dealt with chronos, looking at how to set up a formal time with God to experience His presence through prayer and Scripture.

Kairos, on the other hand, is opportunity time. These are the moments God gives us on a daily basis to practice His presence and proclaim Him to those around us. The centrality of Christ in our lives should affect more than a strict devotional time. His presence should influence every moment, so that we experience Him in everyday life as well.

The Root of the Matter

What is visible to others in our walk with God (our work or character, for example) stems from a strong relationship with Him under the surface, like the roots of a tree. These include:

  1. Intimacy with God
  2. Rest
  3. Solitude
  4. Calling

Practicing God’s presence in ways that no one else sees helps keep Christ central. It allows us to seize each informal opportunity God gives us to abide in Him.

We may be tempted to leave our relationship with God in our formal devotional time, but kairos moments are important. To pursue God is to begin to know Him, and that involves surrendering every aspect of life to Him.

Everything matters. Practicing the presence of God in every moment recognizes that we are eternal beings in a process of transformation during our sojourn in this temporal arena. We must manifest the life of Christ in us and through us by walking with Him.

Walk through the exercises in A Guide to Practicing God’s Presence and learn how to live every moment for Christ.

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Practicing God’s Presence