Like most Christians, I frequently receive requests to pray for people and come across special intentions. Every Sunday, I reflect on each one of those needs and people, and I muse on exactly how I would like for God to bless them. Then I set a specific time, when feasibly possible, to take five minutes to run through that list mentally and ask God to bless them as He knows I desire. As I momentarily say each name or situation, I picture that person in my mind and call them to mind in my heart.
Part of my daily carved-out time is reserved for external silence and as much internal silence as I can develop. You might begin by meditating on an aspect of God or your relationship with Him. Ultimately, I hope to move to a place where I’m not thinking of anything but instead am simply contemplating God’s love. That can take many forms and mental images. It definitely takes practice. In the end, it’s a gift from God.