Developing a Passion for God

O God, you are my “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1).

How can we grow in the area of intimacy, and develop a passion for God? Here are some practical ideas to help us get started:

Spend More Time With God
Spend more time seeking to know the Lord in prayer, not just coming to him with shopping lists. On a purely human level, when we are growing in our love for someone, we want to spend more and more time with that person. It is the same with the Lord. The more we know him, the more we love him, and the more we will want to be with him.

Spend Time With People in Love With God
Wouldn’t it have been great to spend time with David as he worshiped and prayed? In addition to learning from him, I think some of his passion would be contagious. That kind of passion shows in the lives of those, like David of old, who love the Lord, especially in the way they pray and worship.

Get to Know Him More in His Word
There’s no better place to begin your walk of intimacy with the Lord than in the pages of his Word. The Bible is not just intended to give us facts and doctrine (though it does that very well). Its purpose is to reveal God. Jesus criticized the Pharisees because they studied the Bible, which spoke of Jesus, but would not come to him.

Use the Bible as a Place of Prayer
We need to allow the Bible to teach us more about our great god.  As the Word of God teaches you something about the nature of god, stop and praise God for what you just learned about him.  Praying through the Bible should be one of the greatest experiences of your life.

–Adapted from the article Prayer as Intimacy with God by Dave Butts.  Click on the title to read the rest of the article.

Gracious Lord, slow me down and allow me sit at Your feet.  Who I am is not determined by what I do, but by who You are! Teach me more about how You see me, and help me to feel Your wonderful embrace as I seek You in prayer.  I long to know You more deeply in Your Word, and to spend more time with those who are passionate for You.

Prayer Points
Praise God for his limitless power. Thank the Spirit for being “in you” and for being “greater than the one who is in the world” (1 Jn. 4:4). Confess moments when you have limited God’s power because of doubts or unbelief. Commit yourself to living in the presence and power of God every day. Ask him to make you more aware of his presence and protection daily and not to take it for granted.

Ask God to help children choose their friends wisely. Pray that young people will not give into the “evil desires” of this world (2 Tim. 2:22).

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on title for more information about this resource).