How to Cultivate a Deeper Relationship with God

Cheri Strange

How to Cultivate a Deeper Relationship with God

Do you ever find yourself yearning for something more in your relationship with God? Do you long for a deeper connection, a stronger sense of His presence in your life? If so, know that you’re not alone. Many of us crave a deeper, more intimate walk with our Creator, a hunger that cannot be satisfied by anything this world has to offer.

Today, I want to share with you five transformative steps that can help you cultivate a deeper relationship with God. These steps aren’t just theoretical concepts; they’re practical, actionable ways to experience the fullness of God’s love and presence in your life.

Prayer: A Lifeline to the Divine

Prayer is more than just a religious ritual; it’s a lifeline that connects us directly to the heart of God. When we come to Him in prayer, pouring out our hearts and desires, we invite Him to move in our lives in ways we never thought possible. As the psalmist David declared, “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). The writer of Hebrews echos the same:

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Let’s make prayer a priority in our lives, seeking God’s presence with fervent hearts and expectant faith.


Drawing Near: Creating Space for Encounter

Drawing near to God requires intentional effort on our part. It means carving out time in our busy schedules to spend with Him, away from the distractions of this world. Whether it’s through quiet time in prayer, meditation on Scripture, or worshipful reflection, creating sacred space in our lives where we can encounter the living God is nothing short of essential. But it’s not without benefit. As James reminds us,

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. James 4:8


Thirsting for the Living Water

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37-38

In a world filled with empty promises and fleeting pleasures, Jesus invites us to come in close to Him and drink from what He calls “the wellspring of living water” (John 7:37-38). The crux of the meaning in this analogy is that Jesus, alone can satisfy the deepest longings of our souls, filling us with Himself, meeting all of our needs. This word encourages us to turn away from the empty cisterns of this world and drink deeply from the fountain of life that is found in Christ alone.


Treasuring God Above All Else

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matthew 13:44

This illustration emphasizes the essential nature of our connection with Jesus. He knows we can’t live without it, so our relationship with God should be our highest priority, above all earthly pursuits and ambitions. Like the man who discovered treasure hidden in a field and joyfully sold all he had to obtain it (Matthew 13:44), you and I are called to treasure God above all else. Today is a good day to pursue Him with passion and persistence. He is the greatest treasure we could ever hope to find.


Journeying Toward the Mountain

And he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God. 1 Kings 19:8

Just as Elijah journeyed to Mount Horeb in his desperation to encounter God, we are called to pursue Him with unwavering faith and determination (1 Kings 19:8). Like Elijah, sometimes, this journey may require more of us. Elijah was reading to throw in the towel and die. And God met him in his mental exhaustion and discouragement. Instead of saying, “You’re right. You fought well, but let’s call it quits,” He sends an angel to strengthen him to keep moving forward. Elijah walks forty days and forty nights out of his desperation to encounter God, without food or water. What you and I learn from his experience is that sometimes God calls us to a deeper walk. For Elijah, that looked like a forty day journey to the mountain of God without food or water. For you this might look like fervent prayer, or doing some fasting of your own. God met Elijah in his seeking. When we position ourselves before Him, we will experience His presence in a profound and life-changing way.

Friend, I encourage you to take these steps to heart and put them into practice in your own life. As you do, may you experience a deeper, more intimate relationship with God than you ever thought possible. He is waiting for you with open arms, ready to lavish you with His love and grace.

If you are ready, take a moment to reflect on these five steps and consider how you can incorporate them into your daily life. Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!

For His glory,

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