15 Bible verses to strengthen your relationship with God | Deseret News
Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Matthew Jacoby's book, Deeper Places: Experiencing God in the Psalms, (Baker Books. Apr 8, Sincere Christians universally want to "go deeper" in faith and knowledge Our understanding of Jesus is critical to our relationship with God. Apr 21, I believe in God, but I can't say I feel like I'm particularly friendly with Him.” Not only is it possible to have a close personal relationship with God, but He and since then (I trust) your relationship has grown even deeper.
There are five basic things we can do to have a closer relationship with God.
How to Have a Deeper Relationship with God (Reading and Responding to the Psalms)
The first thing we can do to have a closer relationship with God is to make a daily habit of confessing our sin to Him. If sin is the barrier in our relationship with God, then confession removes that barrier. When we confess our sins before God, He promises to forgive us 1 John 1: It is the confession of one who realizes that his sin is what nailed Jesus Christ to the cross.
The second thing we can do to have a closer relationship with God is to listen when God speaks. So if we want to grow closer to God, we should read His Word regularly. The third thing we can do to have a closer relationship with God is to speak to Him through prayer.
If reading the Bible is listening to God speak to us, speaking to God is accomplished through prayer. Prayer is much more than simply a way to ask God for things we need or want.
Consider the model prayer that Jesus gives His disciples in Matthew 6: The first three petitions in that prayer are directed toward God may His name be hallowed, may His kingdom come, may His will be done. Another thing we can do to revive our prayer lives is to read the Psalms. Many of the Psalms are heartfelt cries to God for various things. In the Psalms we see adoration, contrition, thanksgiving and supplication modeled in a divinely inspired way.
The fourth thing we can do to have a closer relationship with God is to find a body of believers with whom we can regularly worship.
This is such a vital component of spiritual growth. Understanding the power of faith over fear and worry "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
How can I have a closer relationship with God?
I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.
4 Keys To Cultivating A Deeper Relationship With God
They will soar on the wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.