Oct 14 2017

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3 Prompts to Invite God into Our Lives

3 prompts to invite God into our lives

3 Prompts to Invite God into Our Lives

I know I’m supposed to want to spend time with God, but often I don’t. Motivation to read my Bible and pray are more about should than desire. I want the desire to be there, but I’m one step back and only have the desire to have desire.

How does anyone get to the place of the writers of scripture who had longing and delight in being in God’s presence?

Is it possible to have that want all the time? Were those words penned as an example of their everyday experience or of times of spiritual peaks?

I’ve had spiritual peaks. In place of occasional heights, I want a rhythm of spiritual depth and richness that is as normal to me as breathing. In with God. Out with the old me. In with his will. Out with mine.

Here’s what I’ve discovered: God uses prompts to awaken us to spiritual opportunities. If we take these prompts for what they are, we have a chance to invite him to be more and more a part of our life. The trick is to recognize the prompt and respond with an invitation.

The Five-Minute Friday word for today is invite. While God is the one who invites us into a relationship with him, our ongoing “come into my life” response determines our growth. Here are three prompts to invite God into our lives.

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These prompts don’t require me to be a spiritual giant to connect with my Creator: weakness, sadness, and joy.


I fall flat on my face. I screw up. Drop the ball. I feel dumb and shamed. My natural tendency is to work harder and be stronger and more capable. I try to cover up my foibles or deflect my brokenness by comparing my strengths to another’s weaknesses.

Can you relate?

Instead, if we start seeing the flag of opportunity, we can invite God into our weakness. Not only can he help us see the root issues that drive our sin, he can transform us. Not only that, but we can accept our natural limitations—not all weakness is sin. Weakness is part of the human condition. We can’t do it all. God gives us the grace to ask for help.

2 Corinthians 12:9


Broken relationships. Job loss. Health problems. Pain is part of life. Our grieve gives us a chance to invite God into our pain. In that moment when we need God’s comfort most, we’re tempted to distance ourselves. We try to heal our hearts on our own. We were never meant to do that.

Sadness is a prompt for spiritual connection with God. Not only can God give us deep and lasting comfort, he can grow us exponentially in the process.Psalm 56:8


This prompt is in some ways a harder prompt to catch. Why? Because we can miss the source of goodness in life. We think life is good because we’re smart or strong or made the right choices. We think we earned God’s favor by being good. We believe it was coming to us. So, we forget to acknowledge God and miss a natural connection with him.



Everyday life gives us natural opportunities to invite

I experience weakness, sadness, and joy regularly. When I read the writers of scripture, I see these feelings as invitations to connect with God.

These writers took the prompts and left us examples of how to take the natural experiences of life as reasons to seek God. They took their weakness, sadness, and joy to God. And so can we.

Are you facing your weakness, in a season of sadness, or experiencing joy?

Will you take this very moment to talk with the Lord? Then breath in. God is able to meet you where you are and transform you.





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  1. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    Great essay, Cheryl. I’d never thought of God using prompts, but your exposition is spot-on.

    This could be the genesis of a book.

    #1 at FMF this week.


    1. Cheryl

      I’m glad you liked it.

  2. Diane

    Hi Cheryl! I read about the three prmpta and was so encouraged. Love from your friend across the ocean, across the world, but not so far away from your heart.

    1. Diane

      Sorry, that word “prompts” wasn’t intentionally a display of human weakness, but “there you have it.” (As you so often have said)
      Much love

      1. Cheryl


    2. Cheryl

      It’s always good to hear from you.

      1. Diane

        I will probably start reading more of your blogs about family in the near future. Can you guess why?

        1. Cheryl

          I can guess. I can’t wait to hear more.

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