It is quite simple to become sidetracked by things like social media, athletic events, and daily life. While all of these things are wonderful, we must not lose sight of what is truly important: making time to seek and draw near to our Lord Jesus Christ with a true heart.
List Of 10 Best Ways to Draw Near to God:
Here are seven effective strategies to get closer to God and experience more connection with our Living God today. There is an unique prayer to pray at the conclusion to help you come closer to our Lord Jesus Christ.
1. Through faith in the Mediator, Christ Jesus
“For there is one God, and there is one Mediator between God and humanity, the man Christ Jesus, who offered himself as a ransom for all, which is the fitting time’s testimony.” (ESV) 1 Timothy 2:5-7
We were unable to approach God because of our sin. God, on the other hand, took the first step by reaching out to us and sending His son, Jesus Christ, to suffer for our sins. Those who have placed their confidence in the Son of God now have a pure heart and may approach God.
2. By having access to God from wherever
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by Jesus’ blood, let us come near with a genuine heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts cleansed clean from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” ESV (Hebrews 10:19&22)
There was a section in the temple called the Holy Place in the Old Testament, and the High Priest was only permitted back there once a year, on the day of atonement. It was called the Holy Place because it was the location where God dwell most fully on earth. Because of Jesus’ blood, God’s presence is not limited to the Holy Place in God’s home; we can approach near to God wherever and be in the presence of the Lord.
3. By Making an Intentional Effort to Seek Him
“Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you.” “Clean your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you two-faced.” (ESV James 4:8)
While God is always present with us, the more we seek Him, the more we know His presence is present. Reading God’s word in the Bible is one of the finest ways we may seek and spend time with God. If you don’t have a real Bible, there are several Bible applications available.
You can also gather in a small group to discuss God in greater depth, sing and listen to worship music, listen to Christian podcasts, go through Bible study guides, or join one or more Bible study groups.
4. By Admitting Sin
“Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with confidence, that we may receive mercy and find grace to assist in time of need.” ESV (Hebrews 4:16)
Just because someone is a Christian does not imply they do not occasionally pursue their own path and have sin in their lives. The good news is that we can approach God’s right hand by admitting our sins to Him and praising Him for His forgiveness and grace. We seek grace and forgiveness from our heavenly Father.
5. Through Bible Study
“All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness, that the man of God may be full, prepared for every good job.” ESV (2nd Timothy 3:16)
Every word in the Bible was written by man, yet it was inspired by God through the Holy Spirit. That indicates that every single Bible verse is inspired by God. We become closer to God by spending time in silence and reading the Bible, which He gave us.
6. Through prayer
“Does anyone here suffer? Allow him to pray. Is anyone upbeat? Allow him to chant praises.” ESV (James 5:13)
We can pray when we are having a difficult time, such as when we are suffering, and He hears us. When we are doing well, we might sing to Him as another kind of prayer. One method we can become closer to God is to communicate with Him via prayer.
7. By Loving God and Others
“‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second commandment is, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no higher commandment than these.” (NASB Mark 12:30-31)
When we choose to love God and others, we come closer to Him. We strengthen our relationship with God by choosing to love God and others. These good deeds do not make God love us more, but rather help us comprehend who God is better through loving Him and those around us.
8. Through the Holy Spirit
“And I will ask the Father, and he will grant you another Helper, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it does not see or know him.” You recognize him because he lives with you and will be in you.” (ESV John 14:16-17)
The Helper referred to by Jesus here is the Holy Spirit of God. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit dwelled among humans, but in the New Testament, the Holy Spirit dwells within all Christians. While Jesus was physically bound to one location on earth at a time, the Holy Spirit is not and assists all individuals in drawing closer to God.
9. By Socializing with Other Christians
“And they gave themselves over to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayers.” ESV (Acts 2:42)
This passage gives us a preview of what would happen when the early church convened. They assembled in the presence of the Lord to listen to preaching (apostles’ instruction), fellowship, break bread (Communion), and pray. They engaged in all of these activities in order to get closer to God.
10. By Looking for the True God
“The Lord is near to those who call on him in sincerity,” says the Bible. (ESV Psalm 145:15)
To approach God, we must invoke the genuine God. We cannot make up our own ideas about who God is and then strive to find that concept. Reading Bible Scriptures on a regular basis is the most effective technique to discover who the genuine God is. If you’re having trouble grasping these verses, a good Christian podcast will assist.
Because God has reached near to us by sending Jesus, people who have trusted Him now have the option to draw near to Him as well. We may come closer to our Almighty God wherever we are by making a conscious effort to confess sin, study the Word, pray, love others, spend time with Christians, seek truth, and work on our spiritual progress. May the Holy Spirit assist us to draw near to God with true hearts first thing in the morning, during the day, and at night when we lie down after a hard day.
Here is a prayer to pray if you wish to be closer to God. Feel free to modify and adjust this prayer to suit your needs.
Prayer to Bring God Closer
Lord, thank you for the opportunity to draw near to You. Thank You for making it possible for me to get to know You via Jesus, our Great High Priest. Lord, I know I do not deserve this chance because of my sin, but You have provided a path via Jesus Christ’s cross. O God, I thank you for this gift! While my sin is significant, Your kindness and grace are immeasurable. When I couldn’t reach You because of my sin, You reached down and sent Jesus.
Father, there was a time when people could only approach You in the temple or synagogue. We are very grateful, Lord, that we can reach You at any time and from any location. Even if I cannot see or feel You, You are present with me right now. I may come near to You whether I am at home, at a store, or in a church structure. Thank You, Lord God, for hearing my prayer as I sit here in Your presence today.
Mighty Redeemer, I confess to You any sin I am now carrying in order to get even closer to You. I confess this transgression not to earn Your love, but to show how much You love me. Father, it is Your love for me that compels me to confess. Father, please reveal me whatever evil is lying in my heart that I cannot see. Nothing should stand in my way of getting closer to You.
Help me, Adonai, Yahweh, Jehovah Rapha, since I find it difficult to read the Bible at times. Lord, I know these are Your words to me. Please, Lord, increase my desire to read Your words that You have given to me. As I read Your Word, please help me to understand and implement it. Most importantly, Lord, I hope that as I read, You would let me recognize Your grace and mercy for me via Jesus. Lord God, as I comprehend Your kindness and mercy, I feel myself getting closer to You.
Thank You, Father, for the Holy Spirit. I would not be able to see how to approach You if it weren’t for the Holy Spirit dwelling inside me. While Jesus was physically restricted to one area at a time while on earth, Your Spirit resides inside every believer, including me. Thank You, my Savoir, for this Spirit brings me closer to You even when I don’t want to be near to You.
Father God, just as Jesus decided to love everyone around Him, assist me in doing the same. As I love the people around me, please help me grow in my connection with You. As I engage with others and we grow in our connections with You, guide my spirit to walk in Your image. By loving others around me, Almighty Father, You show me that I am not just being a pleasant person, but also bringing Your kingdom to this planet. Lord, make me Your vessel.
More than anything, Almighty Father, I hope that my deepest desire is to know You better and be with You. While life might be exceedingly difficult at times, I know that as long as I am with You, You can get me through any problem that happens. Whatever happens, I know I have You by my side! What can be against me if You are for me? El Shaddai, I recognize that I may not always live this way, and I ask that You continue to transform me as I progress in my Christian walk. Every day, I pray to be closer to You, Father. All of this I beg in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.