Three keys to an intimate relationship with God

James 4:8

Growing up, I did not often get to see my friends during summer vacations. This is mostly because they lived in town, and I lived further away in the country.

We spent our summers writing to each other. These were not the kind of letters that are typed in an email and sent with the click of a mouse. These were the old fashioned, hand written letters that required an envelope and stamp for mailing.

We went back and forth all summer writing stories of our summer adventures. We discussed the upcoming school year, wondering if the cute kid in class was finally taller than us, and described in detail our new haircuts and school clothes.

My friendships grew through those letters. By the time school started, there was no catching up to do. We merely continued our conversations from our letters.

Today, we can instantly connect with our friends and loved ones even if they are thousands of miles away. With changing technology that continues to evolve the way we communicate with others, one thing will never change – our communication with God.

We have always had an immediate communication line with God. There has never been the need to mail a letter or send a text message.

The line of communication is always open because He wants to communicate with us.

Genesis 1:26 (NIV)

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness”

God made us in his image so that we can have a personal and intimate relationship with Him. He could have chosen the fish, birds or wild animals, but instead he chose us.

Adam and Eve shared an intimacy with God in the garden. Imagine how wonderful it was for them to walk along the garden’s path with God by their side. They were free to be themselves and know that they were unconditionally loved.

When they sinned, intimacy was lost. But our God is merciful, and He sent Jesus to pay the penalty for their sins and ours, opening the line of communication once again.

We can’t walk in the garden side-by-side with God, but we can have a close relationship with him through three steps.

Time
Time? Who has extra time?

Jesus was in demand. Everywhere he went, crowds followed. They travelled far distances just to see him.

Matthew 14:23 (NIV)

After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.

Jesus spent many hours teaching and healing their ailments. He could have done this all day and night without stopping, but he knew the importance making time to nurture his relationship with God.

Time is not going to come to us. Like Jesus, we need to make it.

Prayer
We are in the presence of God when we pray. In the quiet and stillness of time, everything falls away, and we are able to enjoy peace that only He can give.

Prayer is an invitation to God to join us in conversation. It’s where we give him praise and thanks and offer him our cares and worries. It’s where we ask him to meet our needs and the needs of others. It’s where we give Him our heart’s desires.

James 4:8 (NIV)

Come near to God and he will come near to you.

We can be open and honest with Him – there is no need to hold anything back.

In prayer, we abandon all pride and claim our dependency upon Him.

Prayer is powerful.

Prayer changes us.

Confess your sins

Sin weakens our intimacy with God.

Confessing our sins causes us to reach into the deepest part of ourselves and admit our failures. Then our relationship with God will be restored.

God wants to be first in our lives. We need Him.

Without Him, we will never be fulfilled.

Reach out to God today in prayer. Go ahead. He is waiting for you.

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14 thoughts on “Three keys to an intimate relationship with God

  1. Great reminders and so badly needed in this busy world. So much to distract us from Him and building a good relationship that will last till eternity. There’s a song I heard about walking so close to Him here that it will be little change when He takes us home. Glad I stopped by.

  2. Oh Jenny … this is so true –> ‘Time is not going to come to us.’

    We get to choose, don’t we. Too often we let time run the show. Thanks for your gentle wisdom from the girl next door at Lyli’s!

    ;-}

  3. Jesus made time to be with the Father, so can we! Such truth. Even all the things I want to do for Him can wait until I have been with Him. <3

    1. I love that Liz “Even all the things I want to do for Him can wait until I have been with Him”

      It is so important to spend time with Him first.

  4. Oh, these are such good reminders! Those days that I feel so disconnected from God, I need reminded that I have to work at my relationship with Him. Every single day I need to make time to spend in prayer and Bible reading, intentionally making time for what is really the most important part of my life. I loved that you pointed out that the time won’t just appear, we have to make it happen. This is something I have been working a lot on lately, and this gentle encouragement gave me yet another push to keep going, so thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Meredith

      I need to remind myself of this every day. It is so important to spend time with our Father. Thank you for stopping by.

  5. Thanks for this, Jenny. Prayer is truly an act of the will, isn’t it. We have to desire that conversation and relationship more than anything else.
    I’m always encouraged by your blog posts.

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