Steps To A Great Relationship With God: Step 2

Monday, June 5

Steps To A Great Relationship With God: Step 2


Receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life is step one of Steps to A Great Relationship With God. The first step is crucial as there is no other way one can have a relationship with the God but through Jesus Christ.

"Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." -Jesus (John 14:6 NLT)
The second step to a great relationship with God is to fellowship with the Him on a daily basis by way of prayer and reading your Bible. This prayer and reading combination acts as one, but we will discuss prayer within this post and reading your Bible in step three.

What is prayer?

Prayer is simply calling on the Lord daily at any time of day or night about anything and everything such as:

- When you are anxious1
- When you are weak2
- When praying for someone3
- When you are worried4

...and the list goes on. It's never ending and as you read through the Bible you will see many examples of prayer.

Prayer is important because it builds up your relationship with God. Not only that, it makes it a great relationship. The more you call on the Lord the closer you will get to Him. 

The Bible tells us to rejoice in Him, pray consistently and to give thanks to God in everything for that is His will.5

Think of it this way. The more you speak and share your concerns with someone the more they get to know you and same is the opposite. On the contrary, you may see someone all of the time and say hi and bye but you really don't know them. This would be called an acquaintance.

God our Heavenly Father is not an acquaintance but rather our Heavenly Father who desires a relationship with you and I that's far beyond being an acquaintance.

Also, each and every individual's relationship with God is personal just like receiving Jesus as Lord and Saviour. It's only between you and Him so call upon Him on a consistent basis.

How does one pray? 

You can pray out loud or from the heart. You can pray with other believers or alone. It does not matter as long as you are calling on Him from the heart.

What's the proper prayer stance?

-Sitting
-Standing
-While talking to someone (if you can multi task)
-While laying down
-Basically any stance is fine. You can be standing on your head and pray, lol.

God is not looking at your prayer stance. He is looking/listening to your heart.6

One final thing. If you feel you are not praying correctly, don't worry as the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us and God knows our heart.Simply call on Him as you would to any person.

Prayer combined with reading equals fellowship with God. In step three, we are going to discuss reading the Bible and the importance of it. We'll also discuss how prayer and reading turns into fellowship with God.

Step three is coming up soon so stay tuned.

Note: I must mention that these steps are only a guideline not actual steps that you must follow.  Pray to the Lord in a manner that is comfortable to you but mean it from the heart and don't waiver8 for He does listen to the prayers of the righteous9 - that's you.

If you would like to share some scripture regarding prayer, please do so in the comments section below.

"Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." -Ephesians 1:2 (NKJV)

-Ruben


1 Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

2 Romans 8:26 (NKJV) "Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."

3 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NKJV) Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

4 Matthew 6:33-34 (NKJV) But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

5 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV) Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

6 1 Samuel 16:7 (NKJV) But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

7 Romans 8:26 (NKJV) Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

8 James 1:6 (NKJV) But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

9 James 5:16 (NKJV) Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.


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