Can Visualization Help You Pray?
by Janis Cox
Being able to see (and that doesn’t have to be seeing with your eyes) can make us aware of God.
Have we lost the ability to visualize God?
“One of the reasons for our sense of futility in prayer is that we have lost our power to visualize” (Oswald Chambers, February 10). Tweet this.
I looked at what could distract me from seeing God:
- My daily life – the regular every day things, eating, socializing and my to-do lists.
- The world’s delectable distractions – TV, movies, books.
- Money – to make it; to spend it – lots of choices on where to spend the money
Now I want to make it clear that I don’t mean to imply that God isn’t in our daily lives. But to truly focus on Him, I believe I need to visualize myself in His Presence. There needs to be a daily dedicated time in His Presence.
Now what can help me make this connection with God.
- The earth as He made it – nature
- His people
Here is how I can truly focus on God:
Quiet Morning Reflection
I find my best time of speaking and listening to God is the first thing in the morning. It is quiet. There are NO distractions. I can shut my eyes. I can speak out loud or in my head and the be quiet. I can feel His Presence. It takes work, concentration and focus. This can work.
A Quiet Walk Alone in Nature
Other times I find that I can take a quiet walk by myself – looking around, breathing in His Spirit, singing, and talking to Him.
What about you? How and where do you visualize God?
I love the praise song Awakening sung by Chris Tomlin.
- How Can I Heard You, God? (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)
- How Can Answered Prayer Help Us? (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)
- How Can I Not Afford to Spend Time With God? (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)
Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.
Recently I read an article in the Reader’s Digest about Hearing from God. They said many evangelical Christians visualize Psalm 23 and as they picture our Good Shepherd leading us to the still waters, they “hear” his voice.