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Want to draw nearer to God?  Here are 7 simple ways to
deepen your fellowship with Him
EEW Magazine / June 2017 Issue
Posted June 5, 2017
Photo Credit: Getty/Blend Images JGI/Jamie Grill
God desires that you be in constant fellowship and communion with Him. This closeness
strengthens your love walk with the Lord and empowers you to do what is pleasing in His sight. The
word of God tells us that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us (James 4:8).

No matter where you go or what you do, it’s crucial that you don’t allow yourself to get caught up in
life’s busy cycle and drift apart from the Savior.  Now if you’re serious about drawing near to the
Lord, you need to do these things:


    #1 Pray. Psalms 145:18 (NKJV) says, “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who
    call upon Him in truth.”

    You already know that prayer is the way we connect with God, but don't be selfish. When you
    pray, don’t merely ask for things you want. Pray His will. Matthew 6:33 (KJV) reads, “But seek
    ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto
    you.” Seeking after the Father's heart and not His hand is one of the essential keys to
    drawing nearer to Him.

    #2 Read your Word. Joshua 1:8 (NIV) says, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips;
    meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then
    you will be prosperous and successful.”

    When we want to learn more about someone, we read their biography. When we want to
    learn more about God, we read the Bible. His word is a lamp to our feet (Psalm 119:105). It
    illuminates the path toward deeper, more meaningful connection with Him. So study the
    scriptures and memorize the verses so that the Lord is always on your mind and in your
    spirit. There is transforming power in His word; meditating on it makes your bond with Him
    stronger.

    #3 Worship. 1 Chronicles 16:23 (NLT) says, “Let the whole earth sing to the LORD! Each
    day proclaim the good news that he saves.”

    Worship is a lifestyle of sacrifice and devotion to the Lord, which keeps us dwelling in His
    presence. All throughout your day, acknowledge God. Praise Him for who He is --Creator of
    the Universe--what He’s done, and what He will do. Give yourself to Him completely. To
    reiterate, worship isn’t just singing and dancing. It's a lifestyle. We don't want to make the
    mistake of drawing near to Him with our lips, when our hearts are far from Him (Matthew 15:8).


    #4 Fast. Matthew 4:4 (ESV) reads, “… ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word
    that comes from the mouth of God.’”

    Go a few days without physical nourishment and let God's presence and His word be your
    comfort food. Feed your soul what you ultimately need in order to survive and be filled, which
    is bread from heaven. Fasting and consecration are sure ways to hear God with more clarity,
    experience Him with greater intensity and as a  result, you'll significantly deepen your
    relationship with Him.

    #5 Detach yourself. 1 John 2:15-16 (NLT) says, “Do not love this world nor the things it
    offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For
    the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and
    pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this
    world.”

    Make a conscious effort to be set apart from the world. Don’t get distracted by the temporary
    “joys” of this life that you forget to store up your treasures in heaven (Matthew
    6:19-21) and build up your relationship with God on earth. As you disconnect from what
    hinders your walk with God, you'll be better able to connect with the Lord who desires that we
    be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16).

    #6 Help others. Hebrews 13:16 says, “But do not forget to do good and to share, for with
    such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

    Don’t just pray for people in need; pray and ask God how you can help those in need--
    beyond praying. In order to do this, you obviously have to lean in close to receive directives
    from the Lord concerning His will for you. Having a listening ear to hear what the Spirit is
    saying and then actually doing the things that are close to the heart of God, places you right
    in the center of His will.  Bless the homeless with food; sponsor a child; visit the elderly; do
    whatever you can to improve someone’s life. Having true compassion for others will
    automatically draw you nearer to God, for it will require that you seek Him for newer, bigger
    and better ways to be a blessing to someone else.

There are various ways to draw close to God. Just remember, each one is anchored in His word.
Apart from Scriptural methods in line with the gospel of Jesus Christ, there is no way to find deeper
communion with the Lord.

Want to be nearer to Him? Allow Empowering Everyday Women Ministries' prayer team to intercede
for you
toward this end. It is God's delight to be in fellowship with you and it pleases Him that you
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This article is part of EEW Magazine's June 2017 online issue.
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