Updated on October 18, 2015
Strengthening Your Personal Relationship With God
If you are a Christian, then you already have a personal relationship with God to a certain extent. You have already felt the presence of God and Jesus in one way or another. However, you may still want to feel that much more connected to God and Jesus, and there are plenty of ways of doing so.
For one thing, you can attend church services more frequently. The people who only go to church on holidays are not doing much for their relationships with God. Holidays should represent the highs of your relationship with God, and not merely average moments in that relationship. Ideally, people in this situation should go to church every Sunday. However, as a Baptist, I make an effort to go even more often than that.
It is true that God is everywhere and that you can call on God whenever you wish. Many people will raise that objection whenever it is suggested that they attend church more often. However, it is important to know that people have a tendency to feel that something is more meaningful psychologically if they have to actually perform errands in order to go through with it and they have to change their external environment according to a ritual. Physically going to church and going out of your way to worship God can make all the difference when it comes to making your relationship with Him more real.
Naturally, it is also true that your relationship with God needs to continue outside of the boundaries of church. If you are only a Christian in church, it is as if your relationship with God is based on location and not your emotions. Taking time out of your day to pray on a regular basis can make all the difference in terms of the stability of your relationship with God. I always try to pray before meals and before bedtime. As a result, I’m essentially thanking God for most of the most important daily milestones. Thanking God before meals also demonstrates your gratitude for everything that God has done for you.
At the end of the day, relationships in general are all about emotions. The relationship that you have with God is going to be different from the relationship that you will have with literally anyone else. Your relationship with God is going to be about obedience, virtue, gratitude, reverence, transcendence, spirituality, and faith. You are connected with something larger than yourself when you believe in God. You are connected with something that is pure and good, which is never something that you can truly experience elsewhere on Earth. Finding ways to experience those emotions and stimulate those emotions will allow you to truly feel your bond with God.