Ways to Connect with God
As Christians, we want to connect with God in a way that empowers us to love God, love people and love life. And we also believe that our faith grows when we do this on a consistent, daily basis through prayer and devotional time. Below is a list of resources and thoughts on connecting daily with God, whether you just began a relationship with Christ, are growing in Christ, or are Christ-centered in your life.
If you would like to begin developing a daily prayer and devotional time:
- Find a consistent time each day to pray and read the Bible. Maybe you begin your day with prayer, or have a time set aside before you go to bed at night.
- Focus on the quality of time and not the quantity of time you devote to prayer and Bible reading. Spend 5-10 minutes each day praying, thanking and praising God, as well as inviting the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you throughout the day. Ask for His provision and wisdom for your everyday circumstances. Read a devotional or a Bible verse or passage to focus on for the day. Ask God to show you how to apply what you read to your everyday life. Perhaps, begin by reading the Gospel Matthew or Luke.
If you would like to further develop your daily prayer and devotional time:
- Attend an Oasis University class on Thursday nights that focuses on Bible/ Theology. You will have an opportunity to learn how to study the Bible through different methods, and to continue to become more familiar with the Bible.
- Invest in resources that will develop your prayer and devotional.
Here are some resources we recommend:
Rick Warren’s Bible Study Methods: Twelve Ways You Can Unlock God’s Word, by Rick Warren
Just Like Jesus Devotional, by Max Lucado
Praying God’s Word Day-By-Day, by Beth Moore
Every Day for Every Man: 365 Readings for Those Engaged in Battle, by Stephan Aterburn
Daily Steps for Godchicks, by Holly Wagner
Leadership Principles for Everyday, by John Maxwell
Discovering the Bible for Yourself, by Kay Arthur