I can't recall the amount of times I've had people share with me their struggle with spending time with God. Deena, "I get distracted and bored too easily. How does God want me to spend time with Him? I can't read the Bible or pray without falling asleep." I could go on and on. I must admit that I've also had this struggle, but the more ways I find to spend time with the Lord, the more I discover this to be true: HE IS NOT BORING! I mean what could possibly be boring about the God who created man from dust, destroyed the power of darkness, conquered death, raised the dead, opened blind eyes, walked on water, and the list goes on! There is NOTHING BORING about God. There is however an issue with people's perspective of what He desires and how He "should be" approached.
No matter what you've done or how far away you think you are from the Lord, know this: He delights in, adores, and enjoys spending time with you! It is possible to have relationship with God that is fun and exciting but not without giving room for spontaneity.
Imagine being in a romantic relationship with someone who takes you out on a date to the same place every time, says the exact same words to you, and is not interested or willing to try something new. I can tell you that at some point you would probably become bored, dissatisfied, and would yearn to experience something fresh. It's the same way with your relationship with the Lord. While I do believe in having a set time and place of prayer, being open to leaving room for spontaneity will help you not become bored with God.
Here are some practical ways to keep your relationship with God fun and exciting:
1. Find a new hang out spot
Do you have that one favorite spot that you enjoy hanging out at? You know, that one place where you can actually relax and feel the most peace? If you don't have one, do yourself a favor and find one!
My absolute favorite place to go is the lake by my house. I LOVE going there, especially when I have a Chick-fil-A sandwich (or two - don't judge) with me! I'll go there to eat, write in my prayer journal, study the Bible, listen to music and occasionally exercise or at least try to.
I've learned over time that it's hard to receive something fresh in a place of familiarity. You've heard that saying, "familiarity breeds contempt?" Well, I hate to admit but in most cases it's true. Maybe you have a particular place of prayer - there is nothing wrong with that. However, you can become so familiar with that place that you're not able to receive a fresh revelation from the Lord.
Ask the Lord to show you a new place to hang out with Him. You can do this once a week, once a month, or however often you feel led. I guarantee that He will reveal Himself to you in a fresh way every time.
2. Do something you don't normally do
Now I know we are all creatures of habit. Most of us enjoy having some sort of daily or weekly routine. Whether it's ordering the same drink at Starbucks during a particular season, exercising at a certain time of day, talking on the phone with that one person every morning, etc., we have some kind of habit that we in no way intend to change. There is nothing wrong with having habits (as long as they are healthy), but to avoid becoming bored with God you have to be flexible.
You see, you don't always need to spend time with Him in a particular way. Perhaps you enjoy writing...write a letter or journal your thoughts to Him. Maybe you enjoy the outdoors...go hiking or walking and spend time talking to Him while doing so. You can even have breakfast or coffee with Him. Don't be afraid to try something new!
3. Ask God a new question about Himself everyday
This is something I've recently started doing. There is so much to know about God. We often think we have Him all figured out. You may have thought or heard someone say, "God doesn't do that anymore or there is no way on earth He would do this type of miracle." The closer I become with the Lord, the more I realize that there is so much to learn about Him. Truly His ways are higher than our ways and so are His thoughts (see Isaiah 55:8-9). But He actually desires to reveal more of who He is to us. All we have to do is ask questions and choose to receive like a child, with an open heart and mind. He will exchange your preconceived notions about who He is with the truth.
So ask away. He may respond with words, or He may show you through a dream, vision or a stranger.
My hope is that you are inspired to have a relationship with the Lord that is fun, exciting and enjoyable.