There are many books, articles and good resources on what it means to have a personal relationship with God. I have found one of the first steps to establishing a personal connection is through prayer.
Although finding a quiet place free of distractions is my favorite time to pray, I have also found it rewarding to pray during walks out in the neighborhood while walking my dog. The prayer group at Glendale had a prayer focus for the month of June praying for the children south of the river suburbs (Burnsville, Savage, and Shakopee in particular). Especially for our neighborhood children who face food insecurity or who will spend their summer days home alone. Pray how God might be calling Glendale Church to serve our neighborhood children who are in these situations.
By having a prayer focus in the community gave me a chance to listen to God’s nudging on this topic. Walking outside with this prayer I noticed children in the neighborhood that I hadn’t noticed before. By the end of June, I had a deeper understanding of childhood struggles and food insecurity – all things that I had cared about in my head had found a deeper root in my heart.
“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”