I realized this morning as a read through my prayer list that I did not sense the Holy Spirit as I normally do during the part where I praise Him. I realized it was because I had just read it but had not focused on what I was saying or what it really meant. I was so busy trying to get through the prayer that I missed the point entirely.
Don't get so caught up in a routine that you forget to truly worship, to meditate, to pray with your heart, with your mouth, from your spirit.
It's not enough to read a chapter in the Bible before bed just to feel good that you did it. It's not about checking a box. It's about having a relationship with God.
What if our kids said the exact same thing to us every day at the same time because they felt obligated to. Whoa. That stung. In the same way, our Father wants a real, dynamic, ever-changing, up-to-the-minute, relationship with us. He is not a box to check. He is the Living God. He is worthy to be praised, and He wants a relationship with us.
Father God, please forgive me. I am guilty of trying to put you in a box. Trying to fit you into my routine instead of following your lead. Please take control of my life and lead me in a new and better way that aligns with your will and not my own in Jesus Name.