One Great Way to Deepen Your Relationship with God

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One Great Way to Deepen Your Relationship with God |

I’ve decided something.

We need to move beyond the simple, the superficial, and the normal into honest, bold, fervent time with the Lord.

Having a quiet time isn’t enough. We need ongoing relationship with God.

Praying on the couch with a cup of coffee in hand isn’t working. It’s time to do battle on our knees.

There comes a time when enough is enough – when our relationship with God is standing stagnant.

And friend? That’s when we need to do some important work. That’s when it’s time to embrace the opportunity to dig deep, challenge ourselves, and learn everything we can about our Almighty Savior.

Intimacy with the Abba Father is so essential because it has the power to transform.

Maybe transformation sounds great and you’re tired of standing still too? Where do we start? What do we do?

We remind ourselves of our roots.

We speak the Word to our hearts every. single. day.

We claim God’s promises.

We read Scripture – not to simply read, but to rest in truth.

So, let’s embark on a challenge.

The steps are simple, but the heart work will be hard.

Would you commit anyway?

Here are the steps, child of the King. Embrace them with boldness.

How to Deepen Your Relationship with God

  • Set your phone alarm to sound once every hour.

    It might look something like this:

  • Choose one of the passages below to read aloud each & every time the alarm sounds.

Pssst… there’s a free printable reminder at the bottom of the post that you can keep with you throughout the day.

Galatians 4:6-7 “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out ‘Abba, Father.’ Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

Isaiah 45:3 “I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden wealth of secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.”

Psalm 40:2 “God also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.”

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Has He said and will He not do? Or has He spoken and will He not make it good?”

Isaiah 40:11 “He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom.”

Psalm 8:4-5 “What is man that you are mindful of Him, and the son of man that you visit him? For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and you have crowned him with glory and honor.”

For example, choose Galatians 4:6-7 on Day 1, Isaiah 45:3 on Day 2, Psalm 40:2 on Day 3, and so on.

  • When the alarm sounds, read the chosen passage out loud twice. Then, stop, pause, and pray that the passage would influence your heart. 

Your prayer for Day 1 may sound something like this:

“Lord, it is hard for me to grasp the truth that you have adopted me, made me your child, and called me an heir. I ask that you would help this truth to settle deep into my heart. Use this truth to influence my thoughts, words, actions, and beliefs. I long to live from my identity as your child rather than the broken identity I’ve experienced on earth. I am an heir, your child, your beloved! Thank you, Father!”

  • Repeat this exercise every day for a week – or until the promises you’ve been repeating are cemented into the depths of your heart. 

The point of this is simple, but actually digging in & committing is a different story.

Remind yourself every hour on the hour who Christ is, how He loves you, your promise of adoption, and your future security.

Remind yourself every hour that the Abba Father is your King, Comforter, Confidant, Provider, Lover, Friend, Savior, and Guide.

Remind yourself every hour that a stagnant relationship with the Lord needs to change – and that hiding the Word in your heart is the key to knowing God.

Are you ready to do the hard heart work? Are you ready to commit to setting your relationship with the Lord as number one in your life – behind schedules and plans and people and work?

Take step one and set your alarms.

The rest is a call to obey the Lord’s prompting, to claim His truth, to rest in His promises.

The rest is a call to an intimate relationship with your God.

I claimed promises about God as my Comforter, Protecter, and Provider on a recent trip without my husband. I don’t travel well alone – never have and maybe never will.

I knew without a doubt that the only thing that would comfort my soul was resting in Christ. Trusting in God. Believing that my Heavenly Father holds my hand and protects my family.

And so, every day for several weeks, my phone alarm would chime. I’d pull out my notecards, read Scripture, pray for that Scripture to sink deep, and trust that God’s got this whole thing called life under control.

What situation do you need to cover with God’s truth? Are you living in fear, struggling with anxiety, doubting your future, or wishing you could be anywhere but the present?

Cover your circumstances with hourly reminders of the Lord Almighty.

This is your greatest confidence. This is where your heart must rest.

Begin today with step one. And grab your free printable verses by CLICKING HERE.

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30 thoughts on “One Great Way to Deepen Your Relationship with God

  1. I love this! What a wonderful, practical yet powerful way to remind ourselves of God’s truths all day long. This couldn’t come at a better time for me! Thank you!

    1. I love it when God orchestrates for us to read something we need to hear at just the right time. I’m so glad this encouraged you!

  2. Love love looooove this Alison! I really needed this truth today. I really love and appreciate all of your Biblical insights all the time on your blog! It really encourages me when I need it most! So glad we are blogging friends!

    1. Thanks, Hannah. It’s such a blessing to be able to encourage others in their walk with Christ. It’s a privilege I don’t take lightly!

  3. The phone idea is a great one! Thank you for sharing these great strategies for keeping God’s truth in the forefront of our thoughts.

  4. Alison, I agree. Sometimes sitting on my couch with my coffee isn’t enough. Sometimes I need to be on my knees fervently praying. I loved your suggestion to set the phone alarm! What a practical way to set our minds on Christ.

    1. Thanks, Valerie! I’m glad others can connect to the idea of fervently praying. Sometimes I just need that!

  5. You inspire me! I’ve printed off the verses and will join you in praying them. More of Jesus – my daily (now my hourly) prayer. I love Psalm 40 – He has certainly brought me out of the pit. Glory!! God bless you, Alison!!

  6. Thanks Alison. This is my life right now. I totally know how you are feeling and where you’re coming from. A few hours before reading this today I was feeling the same way and for the first time in over a year got down on my knees and prayed. What you’ve written here is confirmation for me that I can’t expect to have a strong faith when I give God my leftovers “sitting on the couch with a coffee in my hand praying”, flipping through my bible wth my mind elsewhere and then get angry and disappointed with him when my life starts crumbling. Dedication, hard work and a focused mind is the ONLY way and I’ve learnt that the hard way. God Bless Joshua 26:3-4. Feel well soon.

    1. I’m glad you were able to connect with this, Bianca. You are so right. “Leftovers” are not enough – God longs for us to know ALL of Him, and I believe that the only way to truly know Him is to dedicate time and energy to our relationship with Him. Thanks for commenting. I pray that you will experience God in new and REAL ways today! 🙂

  7. This is a really cool concept! I love it!
    I’m always looking for new ways to grow and strengthen my relationship with God. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Alonda! I pray that your faith will be strengthened and encouraged by digging a little deeper. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  8. This is very powerful and fulfilling. I have been looking for a way to get closer to God since there are days when no matter what I do I feel so far away from him

    1. Memorizing Scripture is truly one of the best ways to stay close to God throughout the day! I pray that it encourages your relationship with Him.

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