Here are several ways to draw close to God. As you read through these tips, understand that they are not in any specific order and everyone is on their own different journey.
In his letter, James states: “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8) The author informs us that if we turn from our sins and open our hearts all while seeking the Lord, God will draw near. The message is plain and simple but the question still remains…how do we actually draw near to God?
1. Get To Know Jesus
If you want to draw close to God, you have to know Jesus in your heart. God calls us to believe in Jesus. He wants us to acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for all of us so that we may be saved. He also wants us to affirm that Jesus rose from the grave and now is seated at the right hand of God. Not one person can deny Jesus and claim that they know God.
God wants a pure heart so that is what you have to give Him. In order to accept Jesus, you must believe with your heart that He truly is the Son of God. You must also admit that you are a sinner and will do what is required to turn away from each and every single sin. While on your knees with your eyes closed and arms open wide, verbally invite the Lord into your heart. Welcome the Holy Spirit and tell Jesus that you are you are a sinner. Ask and thank Him for forgiveness. Also say to Him that you believe that He died for you and that you trust Him to lead your life down a much more promising path. Just simply talk to Him and let Him know the confessions of your heart. Open your heart for Him to become your Lord and Savior. Draw near to God with a sincere heart. Read this salvation prayer if you need help getting started.
2. Get In The Water
As a follower of Jesus, your journey should include baptism to continue to draw near to God. If you have accepted Jesus, you have already been baptized in the Holy Spirit but there is also a symbolic baptism that should take place. This process represents death, burial, resurrection and you will also rise up from your watery grave just as Jesus did. Completely immersed in the water, you die to your old self and leave behind your dark and sinful past. Baptism also provides you with the opportunity to confess to others about your decision to follow Jesus(Romans 10:9). Leave it all behind and commit to live obediently to God!
3. Get The Word
Be certain to get a Bible in your hands and read it daily. Reading your Bible is the best way to grow close to God so make time to read it often. There are thousands of different types of Bibles to choose from which may seem overwhelming at first. Don’t worry, it’s ok to be picky! When searching for a Bible, try making a list of wants such as preferred translation, print size, cover color, tabbed index, red letters…the list goes on. For my first Bible, I thought that it would be really cool to own a white one so I quickly found one online. When the Bible arrived, it unfortunately had a pretty girly design on it and King James was really difficult for me to read! Since then, I’ve chosen a new manlier, Bible that I am much more comfortable with. Again, take your time to choose a Bible because you are going to read and keep it for a very long time. The Bible, without a doubt, will help you draw closer to God.
4. Get To Praying
Prayer is your opportunity to talk with God and should not be avoided. How can you get close to someone if you don’t talk to them? Pray to God in every single moment of the day. Spend time alone with God and without distraction. Create a prayer room and go there for absolute peace while talking with the Lord. When you go into your prayer room, don’t forget your prayer journal so that you can keep track of all the great things that God is doing in your life. Whether you are asking Him for something or thanking Him for everything, pray to God in the name of Jesus and He will pull you in closer to Him.
5. Get To A Church
It is important to be around other followers of Christ that have a strong desire to grow and walk with Him. Talk with people and be sure that they are not there just to go through the redundant motions of mundane Sunday services. Attending church gives you a great opportunity to share your story and also to confess that you are a believer and follower of Christ. Search around to locate a good Spirit lead, Bible based church that believes that the entire Bible is God’s unfailing word and is the final authority on everything. Pray, seek God’s counsel and let Him lead you to a church.
Joining a church will not only give you a great opportunity to fellowship with other Christians, but you also have an opportunity to serve the Lord there. To begin serving at church, consider joining a team where your God given talents and traits will be put to use for Him. Ask the church leaders where they may need help and God will guide you. God calls us to serve everywhere we go so it’s very important to understand that the church is not the only place.
6. Get Fed And Stay Hungry
Besides a weekly sermon at church or a Bible study, you need to be constantly fed the Word. You can do this by listening to music, watching trustworthy lessons online, cool websites like Draw For God or even watch preachers on television.
Listen to some wholesome Christian music. When I wasn’t a believer, I swore up and down that I would never listen to Christian music. Now, that’s just about all that I listen to because I get so much more of God through it compared to secular music. For new, contemporary Christian music, press play and try KLOVE.
7. Get Going And Stay Focused
We live in the age of distractions. Satan has a plot and many traps to keep you away from God. You must fight back! Constantly ask God to help keep you focused on Him and put Him first in everything that you do. Seek His face all of your days and you will indeed draw closer to God.