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Ways To Cultivate A Deeper Relationship With The Lord

With the craziness of the world all around us, sometimes all we need is a little more time with the Lord--to cultivate a deeper relationship with Him. While studying Genesis, I got to thinking about all of the great gems in there that we could also take into our own lives as well. So I figured the best place to begin would be to spend more time with the Lord--especially since the world we live in is filled with so much fear and anxiety.




Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. - John 14:27

1.Prayer:


When it comes to setting aside time to pray and spend time with the Lord, here are some ideas:


  • Set Aside Dedicated Time: Designate specific times in your day for prayer. Whether it's in the morning, during lunch break, or before bed, having a consistent schedule helps make prayer a regular part of your routine.

  • Create a Sacred Space: Find or create a quiet, comfortable space where you can pray without distractions. It could be a corner of your room, a garden, or a quiet spot in nature.

  • Start with Gratitude: Begin your prayers by expressing gratitude for the blessings in your life. Recognizing and acknowledging the good things you have can help set a positive tone for your conversation with Jesus.

  • Use Scripture: Incorporate passages from the Bible into your prayers. Meditating on scripture can provide guidance, inspiration, and a deeper connection with Jesus.

  • Practice Different Prayer Forms: Explore various forms of prayer, such as adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication (ACTS). Each form offers a unique way to engage with Jesus.

  • Listen in Silence: Prayer isn't just about talking; it's also about listening. Spend time in silence, opening your heart and mind to hear Jesus's voice or guidance.

2. Journaling: Keep a prayer journal where you write down your thoughts, feelings, and prayers. This can help you track your spiritual journey and reflect on how Jesus is working in your life.

Journaling can be a powerful tool for deepening your relationship with the Lord Jesus. Here's how you can use journaling to draw closer to Him:

  • Set aside dedicated time: Find a quiet and comfortable space where you can focus without distractions. Set aside a specific time each day for journaling, whether it's in the morning, evening, or another time that works best for you.

  • Start with prayer: Begin your journaling session with a prayer, inviting the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts and reflections. Ask Jesus to speak to you through your writing and to reveal His presence and wisdom to you.

  • Reflect on scripture: Choose a passage from the Bible that resonates with you or that you feel drawn to explore. Read the passage slowly and attentively, meditating on its meaning and how it applies to your life. Write down any insights, questions, or reflections that come to mind.

  • Express gratitude: Take time to thank Jesus for His blessings and the ways He has been present in your life. Write down specific things you're grateful for, both big and small. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude can help you develop a deeper appreciation for God's goodness and faithfulness.

  • Share your heart: Use your journal as a space to pour out your thoughts, feelings, and concerns to Jesus. Be honest and vulnerable in your writing, knowing that you can trust Him with your deepest struggles and desires. Share your joys, sorrows, hopes, and fears, knowing that Jesus is always there to listen and comfort you.

  • Listen for His voice: After expressing your thoughts and feelings, take time to quiet your mind and listen for Jesus's response. Pay attention to any impressions, thoughts, or insights that come to you as you reflect on His presence in your life. Write down any messages or guidance you sense Him communicating to you.

  • Review and reflect: Periodically review your journal entries to see how your relationship with Jesus has evolved over time. Look for patterns, themes, and areas of growth or struggle. Reflect on how He has been at work in your life and how you can continue to grow closer to Him.


3. Bible Study:


  • Choose a Translation: Select a Bible translation that you find easy to understand. Popular versions include the New International Version (NIV), English Standard Version (ESV), and the New King James Version (NKJV).

  • Start with the Gospels: Begin your study with the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), which tell the story of Jesus Christ's life, teachings, death, and resurrection. They are the heart of the Christian faith.

  • Context is Key: Understand the historical and cultural context of the passages you're reading. This helps in grasping the intended meaning behind the text. Utilize study Bibles, commentaries, and online resources for deeper insights.

  • Study Tools: Utilize study aids like concordances, dictionaries, and cross-references to delve deeper into the meaning of specific words and passages.

  • Read Regularly: Set aside consistent time each day for Bible reading and reflection. Even if it's just a few minutes, consistency is key to growth.

  • Meditate: Take time to reflect on what you've read and how it applies to your life. Consider journaling your thoughts and insights.

  • Apply What You Learn: Act on the teachings of the Bible in your daily life. The Bible isn't just for knowledge but for transformation.

  • Join a Bible Study Group: Engaging with others in studying the Bible can provide accountability, encouragement, and diverse perspectives.

  • Listen to the Holy Spirit: Ultimately, allow the Holy Spirit to guide your understanding as you study. Pray for wisdom and discernment as you seek to grow in your relationship with the Lord through His Word.

4. Fasting To Get Closer To The Lord:


  • 1. Prayer and Purpose: Begin with prayer, seeking guidance from God about your intention for fasting. Determine the purpose of your fast, whether it's seeking direction, repentance, spiritual breakthrough, or drawing closer to God.

  • 2. Choose the Type of Fast: There are different types of fasts you can undertake, depending on your health and circumstances: - Water Fast: Abstain from all food and drink only water for a specified period. - Partial Fast: Abstain from certain types of food or meals, such as skipping one meal a day or eliminating specific foods. - Daniel Fast: Follow the example of Daniel in the Bible by abstaining from meat, sweets, and certain other foods, focusing on fruits, vegetables, and water. - Media Fast: Consider fasting from forms of entertainment or media consumption to devote more time to prayer and Bible study.

  • 3. Set a Duration: Decide how long you will fast for. It could be one day, three days, a week, or even longer. Start with a duration that is manageable for you, considering your health and experience with fasting.

  • 4. Prepare Physically: Before starting a fast, prepare your body by gradually reducing your intake of food, especially if you're planning an extended fast. Stay hydrated and ensure you're getting adequate rest.

  • 5. Spiritual Preparation: Use the time leading up to the fast for spiritual preparation. Spend extra time in prayer, confessing sins, and seeking God's presence.

  • 6. Prayer and Meditation: During the fast, dedicate more time to prayer, meditation, and reading the Bible. Use the extra time and focus gained from abstaining from food to draw closer to God.

  • 7. Listen to God: Pay attention to what God may be speaking to you during the fast. Be open to His leading, guidance, and revelation.

  • 8. Break the Fast Wisely: When ending the fast, gradually reintroduce food to your diet to avoid discomfort or health issues. Use this time to reflect on your experience and how it has impacted your relationship with Jesus.

As we conclude our exploration of drawing closer to the Lord through prayer, journaling, Bible study, and fasting, let's remember that our journey with God is ongoing and dynamic. It's not about achieving perfection but about continually seeking His presence and guidance in our lives.

In the midst of the chaos and uncertainty of the world, spending time with the Lord becomes not just a luxury but a necessity for our spiritual well-being.


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