Togetherness is built on at least three basic practices: talking, listening, and time. The religious words associated with these practices are prayer, Bible study, and ministry or fellowship.
When the religious words are used, it kind of mystifies the whole experience. Add on top of that the fact that people can't see or hear God. So, is it possible to de-mystify a relationship with God?
Maybe not totally, but there are some practical tips that can simplify and add meaning to the experience.
Prayer is simply talking to God. However, it is not like most other conversations. It is different in that one can't see body language or hear intonation in responses.
How does someone know if God is listening then?
Faith. It takes faith. Hebrews 11:1 reads, "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see" (NLT).
Therefore, if one wants God to hear them and God says, "Cast all your cares on me, for I care for you," (1 Peter 5:7, KJV modified), then be assured that even though He cannot be seen, He has heard.
It is true that there are times God will not listen. One such case is when a person cherishes sin (Psalm 66:18). In other words, if one holds on to their sins with tender regard, then God will not listen to their prayers.
There is a difference between struggling with sin that one does not want to do, and cherishing sin that one does want to do (Romans 7:13-25). Subtle but different.
Nevertheless, one must believe that God exists and that He listens to their prayers, if they desire the assurance of His loving regard.
What about listening to God?
Listening to God takes place in a couple of different ways. Primarily, this happens in Bible study. It is true that God can and does communicate via mental impressions, providential happenings, angels, and dreams or visions.
However, how can one know if these are truly from God?
That is where Bible study is important. For example, if God said in the Bible, "Do not take your neighbors wife as your own," and a person has a mental impression and a providential happening that God has communicated to them, "Go, take your neighbors wife as your own," then it is clear that God did not actually tell them that.
Otherwise, God would be contradicting Himself.
Finally, time with God sums up the relationship. God wants to spend time with you. This happens by working with Him to help others. This help could be in the form of supplying food or clothing to someone in need, teaching others about God, or using some gift, talent, or material possession to make others happy.
Why is this important?
It is significant because knowing God forever starts here. If a person does not get to know Him today, how can they expect to have Him invite them into the eternal celebration in heaven?
The materials on this website are for this purpose, and primarily on studying the Bible. Bible study drives one's prayers and ministry. It is the bedrock foundation of having a personal relationship with the Creator of all heaven and earth.
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