HOW TO BE MORE INTIMATE WITH GOD

As we move towards Lent, there are ways you can make yourself ready for an intimate relationship with God.

I love Christ. Knowing him shows me just how much God cares about my life.

And I know it’s not just me. I know God cares about your life, too.

He cares about the lives of your family and friends. And of every living being on this planet.

One way we know this is through the story of Transfiguration of Jesus (Matthew 17:1–9, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28–36).

Jesus could have made his revelation a big public spectacle. In fact, at Jesus’ baptism, God the Father tells the crowds “This is my Son whom I dearly love; I find happiness in him” (Matthew 3:17).

Instead Jesus reveals his secret to his closest friends.

Of course, it was still a big spectacle. But Christ meant it for a select few.

Christ also reveals himself to us in an intimate way. Sometimes intense. But always deeply-rooted and personal.

Why Does an Intimate Jesus Matter to Me?

Our intimacy with Christ shapes our relationship with God. It recognizes that God is not some distant, uncaring being.

God through Christ always reaches out to us and in our terms.

During our happy moments, God shares in our joy.

During our sad times, God shares in our sorrow. And he provides us with comfort and peace.

And when we are stubborn and hard-headed, God sets us straight.

God is reaching out to you right now. But are you ready to welcome him into your life?

Yes, Lord! I’m Ready!

As we move towards Lent, there are ways you can make yourself ready for an intimate relationship with God.

Personal prayer. Outside of regular Sunday worship, our Book of Common Prayer provides liturgies you can use on your own.

You can start off your day with Morning Prayer. You can end it with Evening Prayer. And you can do them alone or with others.

By using these Episcopal liturgies, you can keep prayerful throughout the week.

Personal reflection. Life can sometimes get quite hectic. And sometimes you might let an angry word spill out.

That’s why it’s important for us to take a step back and reflect upon our day. It’s important to remind ourselves “How has Christ revealed himself to me today?”

It’s also helpful to remember your baptismal covenant with Christ (BCP 304). Through it we remind ourselves of God’s importance in our lives. Through it, we rededicate our lives to serve the common good.

By doing things such as these, we remind ourselves to follow first the path of Christ. Not ours.

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