Last week I talked about the importance of having a thriving relationship with God. You can check that out HERE. I mean one that reaches beyond the surface, is filled with passion and causes us to grow. Oh yes, it is possible to know God in a deeper more personal way, to hear His voice for yourself and be led by His Spirit. Today I’m going to share with you 5 powerful habits to help accomplish that. So, here we go.
A Consistent Prayer Life
What would happen to a marriage if the husband and wife never talked? Or to a friendship if the two best friends never spoke to each other? There wouldn’t be much of a relationship would it? No, because communication is how you get to know a person and create closeness. Prayer is simply conversation with God.
Through prayer we get to know Him and form a close relationship; however, we have to keep the lines of communication open. If my husband only speaks to me once a week we have a problem. According to Prov 15:29, God hears us when we talk to Him. But the best thing about prayer is that we get to hear God. (Jer 33:3).
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I have found reading the bible to be a great practice. However, studying the bible is even more beneficial as you are able to get even more out of what you read. It’s like searching for something valuable. You know it’s there but it’s covered. So piece by piece you peel back the layers until you find it. The bible is God’s Word, which is full of wisdom, understanding and knowledge. We receive these very things when we go in search of Him. (Job 23:12)
Worship and Praise
Offering our praise and worship to God is actually a gift to us. I say this because of how much we benefit when we do it. It has the ability to lift our spirits, encourage our hearts, refocus our attention on the Lord, renew our strength, and the list goes on. Psalms 22:3 says that He inhabits our praises (KJV). This means, when we praise, the presence of God is there. It is an excellent way to grow closer to Him, especially when you feel distant.
Meditation on God and His Word
This is one that I struggle with. It’s difficult for me because I have so many things going on in a day. Not unlike most of us, I know. When I try to focus my thoughts I always get distracted. Then 30 minutes later I’m reminded that I was meditating. Oh yea! Duh! Let’s try that again— in comes screaming toddler—you get the picture? But it is a useful method for keeping our thoughts pure and on the Lord. And when we get in that type of thought process, it’s easier to hear the Lord speak to us because we’re tuned in. So, I will continue to work at this. And I know you will too right? I mean I’m not alone in this struggle…Am I? (All my toddler moms please stand up!)
Yeah, I know. Not many people like to do without food. I admit I am one of those people. Regardless of that, however, fasting is necessary. Do we still have to fast? Of course. When John’s disciples asked Jesus why His disciples didn’t fast like they and the Pharisees did, Jesus replied that there was no need since the bridegroom (Himself that is) was still with them. But the day would come when He would be taken away and then they would fast (Matt 9:14-15).
It also explains why the disciples could not cast out the evil spirit. Jesus said to them, in Matt 17: 20-21, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.
Jesus’ disciples could not cast out the evil spirit. Because Jesus said that kind would only come out by prayer and fasting; they weren’t fasting at that time. We are to fast now; indeed fasting is obedience and a tool we need in this life. It forces the distractions and cares of life to take a back seat so that we may give all we can to seeking the Lord. When we do this we build our faith and obtain victory over doubt. This results in our spirits being strengthened and our sinful flesh weakened. We also draw near to Jesus, being that He is no longer physically present. This is a powerful way to help us walk in the Spirit.
There ya have it Ladies; five powerful habits that will help you grow in your relationship with Jesus. Be it a reminder or information you never knew, I pray that you are stirred (as I was) to intensify your pursuit of Jesus. May the Lord ignite a great passion within you for seeking Him.
I love hearing from you! What helpful advice do you have for others who are desiring to be closer to God? Please share with us! Do you have questions? Just comment below!
Seeking with you,