How to Spend a Day With the Lord

Written by Katherine J. Kehler

prayercloseupUsually our days are filled with the demands of life crying for our attention; that’s why we need to plan personal retreat time to be with the Lord – four, eight, or twelve hours with nothing on our agenda except to bask in His love, to thank and worship Him, to listen to Him, to intercede for others, to lay your life and activities before Him and let Him give directions.

The Bible promises us in James 4:8, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” He is waiting for you!

Don’t rush. The objective is to spend relaxed, uninterrupted time with God, not to go through a format. These are mere guidelines. Let God be your guide.


  • Find a place where you can be alone and free from distractions.
  • Bring your Bible, a notebook and pen, and worship music.


Begin with thanksgiving. Psalm 100:4 tells us, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.

  • Thank Him for His patience and forgiveness.
  • Thank Him for the privilege of coming into His presence.
  • Thank Him for what He has done in and through your life in the last year.

Take time to list what God has done for you. Be specific. Think through every area of your life.


Ask God to search your heart. Psalm 139: 23,24

  • Confess any sins the Holy Spirit reveals. Psalm 19:12
  • Remember the certainty of forgiveness. 1 John 1:9
  • Make certain you are walking and praying in the Spirit. Ephesians 5:15-20


Become still before the Lord. Psalm 46:10

  • Consider who God is. Psalm 103
  • Praise Him for His attributes. Psalm 145
  • Rejoice in your fellowship with Him and that He delights in you. Proverbs 15:8
  • Read passages of Scripture and pray them back to God. Psalms 146 – 150
  • Sing to the Lord.


Pray your way around the world with unhurried, detailed intercession for others. Ask God to reveal the world to you from His point of view as you read Psalm 33.

  • Begin with your non-Christians, friends, relatives, neighbors and others the Lord puts on your heart.
  • Pray that the people who have never heard about Jesus would have an opportunity to hear and understand the gospel. 2 Peter 3:9
  • Pray for those in authority – federal/national, provincial/state and municipal/county government leaders.
    1 Timothy 2:1,2
  • Pray for Christians ,using Paul’s prayers in Philippians 1:9-11, Colossians 1:9-12, Ephesians 1 :16-19.

By intercessory prayer we can hold off Satan from other lives and give the Holy Ghost a chance with them. No wonder Jesus put such tremendous emphasis on prayer!” – Oswald Chambers

Personal life evaluation

  • Ask for understanding as you read an entire book of the Bible. Record insights God gives you.
  • Ask God what He thinks of your life. Wait. Listen for His answer.
  • Evaluate the use of the time, talent, treasure, education and experience God has entrusted to you. Are they glorifying to God? Do you need to change what you are doing?
  • Discuss with the Lord your joys, your sorrows and decisions you are facing. Find promises and directives in the Bible which you can record.

The greatest answer to prayer is that I am brought into a perfect understanding with God, and that alters my view of actual things.” – Oswald Chambers

Concluding your day with God

  • Praise and thank God for the fellowship you had today.
  • Schedule the next “Day with the Lord” in your appointment book.
  • Share with someone about your day.

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27 Responses to “How to Spend a Day With the Lord”

  • jeffrey erins says:

    I thank you for the article’ pleace pray me I offended my wife and she doesn’t seem to love me anymore. pray for to remove focouse on money.

  • Tom Tom says:

    May I suggest that if you get the focus off of what YOU want and on to what God wants, your time with him will be well spent.

  • Naomi Gonzalez says:

    I need prayer so my time with God will be powerful. I want to be aware of His Presence! I need for my mind to be focused on Him especially when i am spending quite time with Him! Thank yall!

  • Teri says:

    During the night, I received a message from the Lord that I needed to take a day – to be with him – I’m listening – following his message – doing just that . Please pray for me that I will be able to quiet my mind, my heart and soul to receive what it is God has and wants for me to hear to feel and to know. Thank you for your gracious fellowship and words of wisdom shared

  • Elkay says:

    Elvis, I have found that when it comes to “meeting God”, sometimes the more simple, the better. In a one-week “silent fast” away from home and seeking God’s will for the following year, the following outline for a “quiet time with the Lord” proved effective. Each day, do the following

    Pray Praises to God.
    “Hallowed Be Your Name”
    Wait – Do nothing but listen. (Journal)
    Read A Devotional- Prepare your heart.
    Scripture – Read God’s Word.
    “The Word of God is truth, effectively working in you.”
    Study & Reflect (Journal).
    “Thy Will Be Done”
    Wait – Do nothing but listen.
    “Help me Today . . . And others too”
    Wait – Do nothing but listen. (Journal).
    Confess Your Sins & Weaknesses.
    “Forgive my sins and weaknesses”
    Pray Psalms with Thanksgiving.
    Praise God for who He is.
    “For Thine is the Kingdom”
    Wait and Reflect (Journal).

    May I pray for you . . . . “I pray that God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, will give Elvis spiritual wisdom and insight so that he might grow in his knowledge of Him. I pray that Elvis’ hearts will be flooded with light so that he can understand the confident hope God has given to His children the special people who are His rich and glorious inheritance.

    I also pray that Elvis will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for him, the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Finally, I pray that Elvis will be diligent in growing in Christ-likeness, because this is simply the best God has for him until he reaches eternity. In Jesus’ name, I bring this prayer to God’s holy Throne of grace. Amen.”

  • Elvis says:

    Thank you for the article.
    I start my leave today after so much uncertainty after working for 18months under constant stress and pressure.

    By his grace we finished long group fast taking only fruits and fluids please give me ideas on how to spend my leave which runs rill September 03.We are starting this week end with a visit to my wifes former Pastor,I am taking this few few days for evangelism and trusting God to write some evangelistic gospel tracts.
    God bless you.

  • Cleo says:

    Pray from my spritual growth, pray for the Lord to guide me in my career help me in my relashionship with him send me the right man in my life and the right friends. Praying for wisdom and faith.

  • Trish Hicks says:

    This is an excellent subject, because i our bible study classes i attend at my church this concept is mentioned constantly. I have always thought that in order to spend the day with the Lord one had to actually be sitting at the table reading the bible the whole entire day through, and although that is always and probably the best way of spending the day with the Lord.However that with the majority i would have to surmise that is not always possible .So the next best thing would be to always pray and just be with the Lord in spirit. It saids in his word does it not ?That we must pray in spirit and in truth, although the original idea of praying in spirt and in , i have come to find its worship in spirit and in truth John4:23Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks..

    So in essence , one can spend all day everyday with the Lord pray without ceasing in spirit and in truth all day long.
    Praying is a form of worshiping also so either way you are safe. guarded from the enemy.
    I hope I have been able to bless someone here.

    may God bless

  • Penny says:

    Please pray for my spiritual growth.
    And this article will help me in big way. Thank you & God bless you :)

  • Shelley says:

    thank you for your comment and may He bless you.

  • Natulinda Ladan says:

    Thank you very much for the article .am a student at Makerere university Kampala who is involved in a lot of ministry in the Church and even out side the church.and desired to have at least a day spent in the presence of the Lord.thank you for he guidence and may God bless you

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    I would love to pray for your spiritual growth.

    Dear Heavenly Father,
    I lift up Nandi to you today. She has asked for prayer for her spiritual growth Lord, Would you draw her near to yourself please? Help her to take time to daily connect with you, reading your word and asking the Holy Spirit to guide and direct her. Work in her life Lord and make her more like Jesus. Amen

    Nandi, the best way that I know that you can grow in your walk with the Lord is to ensure that you are walking, day by day, moment by moment in the power of the Holy Spirit. A great article that explains more about this is found here, Do check it out!

  • Nandi says:

    Please pray for my spiritual growth.

  • Andrew says:

    @comments many people in there hearts believe that spending time with God is going to church once a week for an hour to confess your sins so we can go on sinning and return the next week to do the same thing.

    This is not how a victorious Christian learns to listen to Christ daily, enlists friends to help you with your Christian walk, asking questions with the close friends and accepting correction, remember and reinforce what I am learning by meditating on Christ’s word by memorizing.

    In prov. 15:14 A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash. During the week many people forget to seek truth and seek healing via drinking, sex, drugs and porn which is trash. Seek Christ and you will renew your mind and God will give you wisdom through the Holy Spirit.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hey Danny, I thought I would check and see how things are going with the changes you are making.

  • Danny says:

    I always had a guilt for not going to church even though my mom always says it the heart behind it that counts. Today was one of those days and I felt the sickening feeling of guilt. Today is a new day though and I want to make a change. I want to learn how to spend time with God so I can put a stop to the “guilt” and get a chance to hear the Lords voice again. It was about 3 to 4 years ago the first and only time I ever heard the Lords voice. He said just one word,one little word that means the world to me. He said “Listen”. I want more of this and I need to change before its too late. I’m 14 years old and I shall make change happen.

  • Jennifer says:

    this is to mary’s question. You can invite your husband to join in on your time with the Lord. Couple devotions are amazing to God! If you want it to be just the Lord and you at times, you can go to a separate room and just let your husband know you want time to spend with God for however long you wish. It’ll work out, God will make sure.

  • Jennifer says:

    this is to mary’s question. You can invite your husband to join in on your time with the Lord. Couple devotions are amazing to God! If you want it to be just the Lord and you at times, you can go to a separate bedroom and just let your husband know you want time to spend with God for however long you wish. It’ll work out, God will make sure.

  • Dee Ann Rainwater says:

    I work as an Intern at my local church. Our Staff is encouraged to take one day off called a DAWG day (Day Away With God)…not a sick day or vacation day, just a day set aside for each employee. This is a great template for a way to get your day started and see it through. I’m so grateful to be a part of a church team that sees this as a value…no a neccesity! Thanks for this submission!

  • Emy says:

    Its been splendid! i thank the Lord i didn’t make the error of choosing another article this morning. I’ve actually been thinking of taking time off to be alone with the Lord, i’ve actually been inspired by your guidelines and i so much long for this time which i plan to take at the end of this month to move away from family and friends for three days with the Lord alone.
    You’ve truely blessed my heart, may the Lord shower upon you a double portion in Jesus name

  • Martha says:

    Thank you,spiritualy Ihave been uplifted,yes Itrust GOD keep it up

  • Bev says:

    Thank you for this very informative article. God is so faithful!!!! He knew my heart’s desire to spend a day with Him, and He provided me with this article as to how to go about it! Thank you so much! Blessings

  • Mary says:

    I would love to do this but I don’t have a clue as to how it can be done. I’m a senior with a husband who is retired so that I am never really alone. Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can at least try this.

  • Marty says:

    Perfect timing …I am self-employed. At times the responsibility is too much! Was thinking I needed a day by myself at my most favorite place, a beach! God spoke clearly via you …”spend a day with Me”.

  • Maureen says:

    Thank you so much for publishing this article. I have devoted a day to the Lord and have found it to be very helpful, especially when I was struggling with a decision. The next few weeks will be very busy, and I cannot think of a better way to prepare for them than to spend time gaining spiritual insight and strength.

  • Winni says:

    Thanks for this article, sometimes the cares of life overtake us and our time we should be spending with God we have to fight for it. Thanks for the awesome reminder!

  • Mimi Bullock says:

    Wow! Thanks for such an inspirational piece. It was needed!
    I’m a Christian writer who writes regularly for different sites including Ministry to Children. Are you currently in the market for some new articles geared to childrens’ ministry or Christian parenting? I would be happy to provide samples and all pertinent information.
    Thank you for your answer!
    And for the article!
    Mimi Bullock

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