The Christian life is all about relationship. Jesus came to earth, He lived, and He died so that we could have a relationship with Him; with God. And after we decide to follow Jesus, the best thing we can do is grow in that relationship.
Just like any other relationship, we grow in our relationship with God by knowing Him better. There are lots of ways to do this, but the best ways are pretty simple:
Every relationship needs conversation, and that’s what prayer is; a conversation with God. And you can say whatever you want, whether it’s a simple greeting, or a long, in depth conversation. God wants you to tell Him what’s on your mind, what you’re thankful for, what you’re struggling with, what you need, even if you’re upset with Him. It’s all fair game.
But like any conversation, prayer is a two-way street. When we pray we don’t just talk at God, we set aside time for God to speak to us. So when you pray, actually spend time listening for God. And don’t get discouraged if you don’t hear something right away, God speaks in lots of different ways, and sometimes it takes time to hear and understand Him.
Read the Bible
One of the most reliable ways to grow in our relationship with God, and hear Him speak, is by reading the Bible. The Bible is a collection of all kinds of writings, but they all have something in common: they were written by people who experienced God’s action, direction, and love in their lives, and they were inspired to write these things by the Holy Spirit. Together, all of these writings tell us the story of God; how He has shown His love to people, how He has worked alongside people to bless the entire world, and ultimately becoming human Himself, in the person of Jesus, to save us from our sins by dying for us.
So if we’re going to learn more about who God is, what better place to go than His biography? And to get you going, here are some helpful tips for getting the most out of reading your Bible. As you read, look for these four things:
A SIN to confess or avoid
A PROMISE to claim
An EXAMPLE to follow
A COMMAND to obey
We recommend starting with the Gospel of John, and then reading the books of Acts and Romans.
Also, to get a better idea of the message of each book of the Bible, and how they work together to tell the story of God, check out The Bible Project.