7 Ways To Connect With God
“Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him.” - Philippians 3:8-9
The more you seek God, the more He’ll draw closer to you and reveal Himself to you. The more you know God, the more you’ll begin to love God and the more you’ll desire to serve Him in every aspect of your life. If we desire to build a better relationship with God, we first need to get to know Him and connect with Him…
Here Are 7 Ways To Connect With God:
1. Pray Without Ceasing
Prayer is a beautiful opportunity to enter into a relationship with God. Although it can be difficult to get the words right, we tend to forget that God already knows the deepest desires of our hearts. It's about communicating rather than bottling it up. Prayer in its simplest form can just be talking to God, updating Him with everything that’s going on in your life.
It doesn’t always have to be vocal, for the little sacrifices we offer up can also count as prayers. Therefore, if we do everything out of love, every little thing we do can become a prayer.
2. Read Your Bibles
When we pray, we speak to God but when we read the Word, God speaks to us. The Word is so incredible, that it speaks to us differently in different seasons of our lives.
If you haven’t already, check out: My Morning Routine With Jesus for inspiration and tips on how to read the Bible and make studying Scripture part of your everyday lifestyle.
I recommend the YouVersion Bible App to highlight verses, make notes and try out devotionals with your friends. It also has streaks, which help you build your Bible habit to encounter God’s Word daily.
3. Worship Your Way Through The Battle
When you vibe to worship music, you really feel the Spirit of the Lord move and it can be so empowering and uplifting. Over the past week, I’ve been studying the Second Book of Samuel and I came across this passage:
“Afterward, when David went home to greet his family, Michal came out to meet him. “The king of Israel made a big name for himself today!” she said. “He exposed himself like a fool in the sight of the servant women of his officials!”
David answered, “I was dancing to honour the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and his family to make me the leader of his people Israel. And I will go on dancing to honour the Lord and will disgrace myself even more. You may think I am nothing, but those women will think highly of me!” – 2 Samuel 6:20-22
David’s response made me realise that worship is for God alone – not for my own benefit or the benefit of others. So, whether this means you have to “embarrass” yourself in front of other people or swallow your pride when worshipping God with outstretched arms, at the end of the day, it’s about worshipping God with all that we have.
No matter the pain or the cost, when we praise Jesus with outstretched arms, we’re reminded of the sacrifice and the aches and pains He went through as He hung from the Cross. For at the heart of worship is sacrifice.
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4. Through Our Brothers & Sisters In Christ
“The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."” – Genesis 2:18
We were never supposed to live in isolation, for we were created for intimacy. God wants us in relationship with others, because through them we may come to grow in a deeper relationship with Him and experience His love for us. If you don’t have a small group of friends that you can share your faith with, pray about it.
As we run the race of faith, it’s so encouraging to have believers running the race with you and cheering you on. Authentic fellowship is an incredible way to get motivated, to not become complacent but to go the extra mile and to be held accountable for the times we fall from grace.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” – Hebrews 12:1
5. Engage With Sermons, Podcasts + Blogs
If you’re anything like me, you’ll know that Netflix can be very addictive. To break the cycle, I’ve found that engaging with sermons on YouTube to be insightful, as they bring to life the Bible. Some of the best preachers on YouTube range from Mike Todd (Transformation Church) to Rich Wilkerson Jr (Vous Church) and Steven Furtick (Elevation Church), whose sermons are all so relatable and relevant.
I also recommend Ascension Presents, another YouTube Channel with a range of speakers. Here and now, I’ll listen to: Ask Father Josh, a Q&A styled Podcast on literally everything you could think of faith-related.
There are also loads of Christian Blogs out there that you can subscribe to (*cough cough* Seeds of Love if you haven’t already).
6. Through Meditation
Another way to connect with God is in the silence. Meditating on a verse of Scripture throughout the week can be a great way to make God the centre of your life.
Abide is a Christian Meditation App that you can use to help you overcome anxiety, depression and stress or find happiness and peace based on Scripture. It’s a perfect way of making Jesus part of your night routine…
7. Receive Jesus In Communion
“Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.”” – John 6:53-56
The most intimate connection I’ve ever had with Jesus is when I receive Him in Communion. When we receive Him, we become living Tabernacles where Jesus dwells within us. That moment when you go back to your pew after receiving Communion is the moment where you can pour out your heart to God in prayer. He knocks on the door of our hearts, the question is: are we willing to open up to Him?
I hope this inspires you to want to build a better relationship with God. If you do anything different, I’d love it if you could share it with us in the comments below :)