“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God” (Ps. 42:1-2 NASB).
Tozer eloquently expressed what many intuitively know: intimacy with God is not easily achieved. It requires a hunger and thirst that originates from God Himself. You will not be able to find a 12-step program to achieve intimacy with God. Any spiritual suggestions or tips are meant to place one in the presence of God where He does the transformation, rather than to be a formula that produces spirituality. However, the following can help us invite God’s presence and draw us to Him more intimately:
1. Believe that God desires an intimate relationship with you.
2. Seek biblical knowledge that brings you into a closer relationship with Him.
3. Let dry times draw you deeper into the Lord’s presence.
4. Realize that He alone ultimately satisfies your life
5. Explore creative ways to become closer to Him.
6. Understand special seasons when God is drawing you near to Him.
7. Embrace the fear of the Lord.
8. Persevere in seeking Him.
9. Change the atmosphere in your home or commute to work by listening to worship music.
10. Don’t confuse serving God with knowing Him.
11. Live uprightly with integrity.
12. Make knowing Him the highest goal of your life.
“O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, ‘Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.’ Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long. In Jesus’ Name. Amen” (A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God).
–Adapted from an article by Dr. Joseph Winger, incenseRising, July 2005.
Praise God for the liberality of his love. Give thanks for the ways that he has blessed you. Confess any attempts you have made to meet your needs or the needs of others in your own strength. Commit yourself to a lifestyle of generosity as you handle your personal finances and assets. Ask God to keep your motives pure as you have opportunity to help others (Mt. 6:1).
Ask God to meet the needs of your family or friends who are experiencing a lack of physical necessities.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend