God wants to know each of his children intimately, and that means you! If you’re wondering how to start building a relationship with God, this is your guide. Here are five ways to build and strengthen your relationship with Him.

Invite Him in

God is always present, but He is not pushy. We have the freedom to invite Him into our lives or not. It’s not likely you’ll wake up one morning and feel you’ve become friends with God. He would never force us to spend time with Him. So we have to want to and actively pursue it ourselves. That’s why the first step is to desire a relationship with God and invite Him into your life. The rest is just a matter of taking baby steps!

Read the Bible

The Bible isn’t just some collection of stories. God poured Himself out in word so we can know Him. The best part is there is always so much more to learn, so we can continue to read it and learn something new! To build a relationship with God, read His word consistently. After all, no relationship would thrive without communication, and this is one of the ways He communicates with us. Spending quiet time reading the Bible every day will help you build your relationship and keep it strong.

Talk to God Often

In other words, pray. This can seem a little weird, especially if you don’t know how to talk to God. But it’s a lot like communicating with a parent, a spouse, or a friend. Some days, this will feel like pouring your heart out. Other days, it may be more of a chit-chat. And occasionally, all you’ll be able to manage is “Here I am. Please be with me, Lord.” Even when you feel angry or afraid, you can talk to Him and He won’t turn you away. Talking to Him often will not only help to trust, but it will help you build a tighter bond with Him.

Listen to Him Intently

A relationship is a two-way street. So, while talking to God is important, listening to Him is just as necessary. Sometimes, God speaks, but we fail to hear him. With so many distractions from social media, TV, even work, it can be hard to hear what he’s telling us. Make sure you’re keeping your heart open and listening intently. God will speak to your heart and you will find the answers you are looking for.

Head to Church

We were never meant to be lone rangers! We learn about God through others and church is the perfect place to be around those who have God in their heart. Being at church and experiencing God’s love through others is a great way to help build your relationship with Him.

At Christ Lutheran Church, we welcome you to our church with open arms! We are in Montrose, Colorado, and are always happy to meet new members, so come plan a visit and worship with us! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at any time.