“A rule I have had for years is: to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is He himself we have.” – Dwight L. Moody
You say you love and believe in Jesus Christ but before you can love Him and believe in Him, you must come to know Him. So how do you know Him? Is He a friend of a friend? Is He a casual acquaintance? Or do you really know Him?
Sadly, most of us substitute a personal relationship with Our Lord and Savior with a second or third hand account of someone who is supposed to know God and be “in-tune” with Him. Whether or not this person is a family member, friend, teacher, minister, priest, pastor or etc, none of these individuals is qualified to replace the personal relationship you must have with your Father who is in Heaven. Don’t get me wrong, while any or all of these people may be of great help to you, nothing can equal or replace the intimate relationship God seeks to have with you.
So how does one initiate or form this intimate relationship with God? Believe it or not, the two answers to this question are very basic and simple. First, you must dedicate yourself to having a constant, real and intimate prayer life with God. An example of a great prayer life is shown to us in Psalms 55:17 KJV; “Evening and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”
Most people don’t understand that our prayers to God do not need to consist of religious ritual rhetoric. Our prayers to God should resemble a face to face conversation with God. Just as you would form an intimate relationship with someone by conversing with them, telling them you love them, sharing your hopes and your dreams with them and asking for help whenever you need it, so too will you form an intimate relationship with God by doing these same things.
A lot of people believe that prayer is all about trying to get something from God but that is definitely not the case. Prayer is all about growing closer to God. Just like we all love to see and speak to our loved ones (especially those we seldom get to see) so too does God enjoy bonding with us and hearing from us. As it is written in Proverbs 15:8 NKJV; “…But the prayer of the upright is his delight.” It is also written in Job 33:26 KJV; “He shall pray unto God, and he will be favorable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy:…”
The second thing we must do to solidify the bond between us and God is to read the Bible for ourselves. Amidst reading it, the Bible becomes a mirror to the reader and presents such a crystal clear reflection of the reader’s life he can’t help but recognize himself. The reason the Bible speaks to everyone on such a personal level is because God desires a personal relationship with every single one of us. Just as our prayers bring us closer to God, so too does reading the Bible bring God closer to us.
When we read about God, His teachings and His motives, we not only get an idea of who He is but we also get to understand Him a lot better as well. By understanding what God’s desires are for us and why God loves us, we will get to know the spirit and heart of God intimately. We speak to God through prayer and God speaks to us through the Bible.
For those of us who don’t already read the Bible and who don’t have a great prayer life already, I’m sure these simple instructions probably appear to be difficult and even Herculean. Yet, this is exactly where your knowledgeable and “in-tune” person you already count on, can now assist you.
As true believers in Christ, we are all automatically accepted into the greatest brotherhood and sisterhood that has ever existed. Not only will God The Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit and the angels help us and cheer us on but so too will all of your brothers and sisters in Christ. No Christian is ever alone nor are we ever expected to do everything on our own. With the grace, love and friendship of God, we will absolutely have the intimate relationship with God that we require and He desires.
“Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.” – Psalms 66:20 KJV