Every human being has an innate desire to seek and understand God, even if they are not fully aware of it. Man was created for the very purpose of communing with god and walking the path he has set before him. Still, many people go their entire lives without truly developing an understanding of their relationship with God.
While many have prayed or attended church services, it seems that many members of the body of Christ find themselves drifting further from God, rather than drawing closer. This begs the question—How can I develop a relationship with God? Although it may seem a challenging question to ponder, you need only look to Scripture for the answer. Let this article be your guide where to find that answer, so that you may better understand how you can build a relationship with God.
In his article, “Does God Require Us to Do Anything to Be Saved?,” Allen Webster writes that, despite the fact that God’s love is unconditional and everlasting, there are some things He requires from you in order to build a relationship with Him. Webster argues that it is not faith alone that teaches us our paths to salvation, but rather the combination of faith and works, and points out that this is consistently taught throughout Scripture, (James 2:24). Bob Prichard makes a similar point in his article, “Pray for Salvation?,” by showing that there are things that you need to do when developing a relationship with God. The Bible says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8, NKJV). God promises to respond, but it is your responsibility to initiate a relationship with Him. God also promised, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). There are many other examples throughout the Bible that remind us that God will respond to you and impart unto you a deeper relationship with Him, but He first wants you to engage with Him.