High In The Sky And Closer To God

What seasons do you find yourself growing closer to God? Is it when you are in the most trying season of your life, or the happiest?

High In The Sky And Closer To God

It wasn’t until I recently flew home from a trip with my husband to Atlanta last month, that God placed this on my heart. A couple of years ago I’ll never forget going skydiving with a very good friend of mine. We had the time of our lives. I have never felt so free and scared at the same time. I remember calling out to God, thinking that I could reach out and touch him in one of the clouds. For some reason, I felt closer to God in that teeny tiny aircraft at that time.

As the aircraft continues to ascend, my prayers began to ascend with it. I started to pray harder and harder, the higher and higher we got in the air. Only for a brief moment did I consider saying a prayer before we took off from the ground.

Why is it that I did not feel the need to pray when my feet were on the ground, but it wasn’t until my life was potentially in danger that I was praying? Or you could even turn this around. Do you find yourself praying when life is going great, and you couldn’t be happier? But when things become troublesome do you often forget how to pray?

As Christians, sometimes we feel like our prayers are only needed when we are in trouble.

But can I tell you? As I continue to walk in my Christian life and begin praying prayers of Thanksgiving, prayers of gratitude, prayers of thanking God for blessing me with my life and my trials. You see, our prayers shouldn’t just be for times when we are in trouble.

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When you wake up in the morning, or when you go to bed at night, or any time during the day, pray to God a prayer of gratitude. Try it… You might like it.

When you turn your prayers from pleading and begging into yes and amen, I agree even though I don’t understand you will be surprised how your perspective changes.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:14-15 NIV

God wants to hear from us through the good times and the bad.

How often do you find yourself praying to God, thanking him for his grace and mercy?  Going to Him in prayer for no reason at all, just to say hello, or thank you, even asking Him to put a prayer on your heart for someone else.  This allows us to change our perspective and not just pray when we are in need, but when others have needs.  Instead of being self-focused, we become others-focused.

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2 NIV

Prayer needs to be our first response, not our last resort.  Just like those of you who get the flu shot, or take any other preventative measure to say healthy, prayer should be the same way.

There are many benefits to praying in addition to growing closer to God. I think most of you will agree with many of them:

  1. When we pray, God will help us find direction in our lives and give us answers to our prayers. (Remember, this is not in your time, it’s His…)
  2. Prayer can deepen our relationship with God as we rely on Him more and more.
  3. Praying allows us to change our focus on
  4. God is always moving in multiple ways in our lives, even in ways we are not aware of. Prayer can pull back the curtain on His plans and bring us closer to God.

My prayer for you today is that you find and create sacred space in your life to invite God in.  He not only loves you but is desperate to hear from you.  Find time in good times and in challenging times, and you will feel more peace about your life and grow closer to God as you mature in your faith.

Question from Virginia A. DePratter, the author.

What part of your life are you waiting for God to move in?

Written by Virginia A. DePratter

I would rather stand with God and be judged by the world, than to stand with the world and be judged by God. My mission in life is to help others see their full potential and help people maximize their talents.

4 thoughts on “High In The Sky And Closer To God

  1. Job 1:21-22; “And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”

  2. I am definitely going through a tough season right now, and it is hard to know what to pray for. Sometimes I find it easier to pray and praise God and thank him when things are going good. Maybe because I have a hard time asking for help in general, I am trying to get better at both of these things. Thanks for sharing this and being there to listen when I really needed someone!

  3. I find myself growing closer to God during trying seasons in my life. It’s in those difficult and challenging seasons where God pulls me close and reminds me of His faithfulness, of His goodness and His sovereignty. I’m learning that God wants us to remain close to Him all the time even when we are not going through difficult seasons. I’ve experienced God’s presence in my life through prayer, as well as His peace and joy. Currently, I’m waiting on God to make a way financially for me to pay for my schooling starting this Fall. If you could please join me in prayer for that, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you Virginia for sharing what God has placed in your heart to share with others.

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