It is impossible to develop a relationship with God without prayer. Everyone can agree that the key to any good relationship is communication, whether it be between a husband and wife, manager and employee, or just close friends. Your relationship with God will be the same—it will not grow unless you consistently communicate with Him. Jesus demonstrated this well during His earthly ministry. Here are a few examples: • “So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.” – Luke 5:16 • “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” – Mark 1:35 • “Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him.” – Luke 22:39
Jesus is not the only figure in Scripture who did this. You will be hard pressed to find someone in Scripture who had a deep relationship with God and did not pray. Old and New Testament alike, from the Prophets to the Apostles, they all prayed devoutly to strengthen their relationship with God.
Another practical way to develop a relationship with God is by making a habit of reading your Bible regularly. Did you know that the New Testament writers referenced the Old Testament 855 times? They had a vast knowledge of Scripture, and that knowledge allowed them to develop a deep relationship with God. Perhaps one of the best examples is King David. God said that David was “a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” (Acts 13:22). While there are many qualities David had that earned him God’s favor, one of them was surely his love for the word of God. David wrote Psalm 119, which is filled with passionate exhortations about loving the Bible. One of the most convincing encouragements is found in Psalm 1. David said, “his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law, he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:1-3).
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