April 17, 2024

Drawing Near to God

James 4:7-10

Come near to God and he will come near to you.

—  James 4:8

Intimacy with God is a precious invitation that is extended to each one of us. Our relationship with God is not distant but brings us in close communion with the Creator of the universe, who desires to reveal his love and purposes to us.

To experience intimacy with God, we must prioritize our relationship with him. We set aside dedicated time for prayer, for studying his Word, and for worship. We cultivate a heart of surrender, seeking God’s will above our own.

Intimacy with God is a two-way relationship. As we draw near to him, God comes near to us. In his presence we find comfort, healing, guidance, and peace. God speaks to our hearts, transforms our lives, and empowers us for his purposes.

Let’s pursue intimacy with God passionately, longing to know him deeply and to be known by him. May we invite God into every aspect of our lives and open our hearts to his presence. In the Lord’s embrace we find rest, joy, and a love that surpasses all understanding.

Loving Father, draw me near. Help me to prioritize our relationship, creating space for intimacy. Thank you for the privilege of knowing you closely. May my heart be receptive to your presence and voice. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the author — Darrell Delaney

Darrell Delaney is a cohost of ReFrame’s podcast ministry Groundwork and serves as lead chaplain with Reach the Forgotten Jail Ministry in Michigan. He considers it his life’s calling to create and facilitate life-giving environments in which people can thrive and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Darrell and his wife, Kia, have three children. He enjoys spending time with family, walking, reading, and playing basketball, chess, and video games.

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