27 Jul 5 WAYS TO BUILD INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
Back to those Facebook era, some of us choose to mark the ‘it’s complicated’ option to describe the current state of our relationship. Relationship is complicated, including our relationship with God. This post is dedicated to those who want to start getting closer with God or recover the sparks that has long gone, but don’t know how. Our relationship with God is no different as our relationship with others. we should nurture the relationship everyday.
So here’s 5 ways to build intimate relationship with God.
- Do Praise and Worship
Let’s start with the easiest step. Try to listen to praise and worship song. Believe me, there are a lot of great Christian music out there that suits our taste. Gospel song nowadays has transformed into something modern to be more relevant with youngsters such as: Hillsong Worship, Hillsong United, Hillsong Young & Free, Elevation Worship, Jesus Culture, etc. As we listen to the songs over and over again during our day to day activities, the lyrics caught on our mind. Unconsciously we start singing that song, thanking God for his blessings through the lyrics.
- Join Community
Have a support system. Join a young Catholic/Christian community. Put aside your perception that people in the community are those holy people who will judge your past. Indeed, they are those who were once (or still) broken. The most important thing is we are committed to grow towards better side in this community. There we learn the scripture together and remind each other to pursue intimate relationship. Moreover, we listen to each other story of encountering God’s blessing and witness how God’s love changes their life and your life.
Prayer is a two way communication. It’s the time where we talk to God and listen to Him. What do we talk to God? It’s not only about our wish: dream job, perfect boyfriend, happy life, etc. We should give thanks too during our prayers.
Start the prayer with a thankful heart mentioning grateful lists of what God has given in our life. Then, we should ask Hus wisdom whether things that we wish for is the best for us or not. We should also ask Him to lead our way. God is not a Santa Clause who will grant our wishes. it takes time and it’s His will that will be done.
- Read Bible.
Everything is there in the bible. It has the answer of our brokenness, confusion, wishes that haven’t been granted, etc. I know sometimes it’s hard to discern the Words of God, especially the old-testament. Thus, we have to ask God’s wisdom so that we understand each scripture better. You can also try to read daily devotion, it usually explains the meaning of the scripture in more practical way.
I have one journal, there I write which Bible verses touch me the most and try to figure out what God’s trying to convey. There I also write my gratitude list and my experience which is related to the passage. I found that reading bible has become more interesting than before.
- Engage in Silent times
It’s your date morning with God. It doesn’t have to be in the morning though, night time will do depending on each person’s schedule. Why is it important? Just like any usual couple, we need time when there’s only us and God, without others, without any distraction. What we do during the silent times are lift praise and worship, read bibles, pray to Him and chit chatting, enjoying His presence embracing us.
The 5 points above are just the basics. My relationship with God will have different rhythm with yours. You’ll find your own rhythm too. There will always be ups and down in every relationship. Sometimes we find ourselves fall in love with that person deeper, or the other way around depending on the seasons of our lives. Regardless of that, we choose to be faithful and to love the same person over the times.