5. Say a Breath Prayer. There are times we need Him but we just don't know what to say or where to start. Start by saying His name and then speak your heart's cry. For me, often times it's just "Jesus, I need You" or "Jesus, give me a heart for You." I believe the simplest of cries are the ones that penetrate His heart -- and ours -- the quickest. 

6. Take a Walk. Exercise brings your body, mind and heart to life. Feel spiritually dead? Get outside, move around, confess to Him what's on your heart and let Him waken you up, spiritually. My best times with God are when I'm walking while I pour out my heart to Him.

7. Breathe Deeply. Sometimes we can't sense God's presence because there's too much of everything else going on. Too much noise. Too much traffic. Too much confusion. Too many thoughts running rampant in our minds. Too much anxiety. Center your mind on Him and start to breathe deeply.  Try it. Exhale the distracting thoughts. Inhale a desire to sense His presence. Exhale your pre-occupation with self. Inhale a desire to know Him more completely. Exhale the worries of the moment. Inhale His peace. Now, don't you feel better already? Can you begin to sense that you're in His arms? There's a reason His Word says "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalms 46:10).

Cindi McMernamin is a national speaker and author of several books that help women develop intimacy with God.  For more on sensing God's presence, see her books  When Women Long for Rest, Letting God Meet Your Emotional Needs or When God Pursues a Woman's Heart. You can find out more about her books, ministry, and free resources to strengthen your soul and marriage at www.StrengthForTheSoul.com

Publication date: July 5, 2012