Cultivating a deeper relationship with your patron saint s is one way to grow in your faith and in communion with the Church of the past and the present. These intimate friendships help connect us to heaven, even as we struggle down here below.
It is a great consolation to know that we have the heavenly court urging us on and interceding for us before the throne of God. Find special prayers to them, or written by them, and pray these daily. If this is not available, compose your own special prayer. Keep prayer cardsstatues, framed prints, or other devotional items featuring their image in your home. These serve as a reminder of their virtues, holiness, and special gifts. Your patron saint desires to pray you into heaven.
As you proceed through your day, ask for their intercession that you will imitate the qualities you admire in them, that you will desire to possess the virtues they exemplify, and that you will endure the details and trials of your life with love and patience as they did.
Just as we ask our friends in the world for their prayers, in the same way we ask our brothers and sisters in eternity. Because they are before the throne of God, their prayers are even more powerful. Talk to them as you would a friend sitting right beside you. They are truly present if we call to them. Read good books written about or by your favorite saints. We grow in our relationship with someone when we spend time together; this is true for your relationship with your special saints too.
Ask your saint to help you learn about their life through these written accounts. As you learn more about your saints, you will grow in your appreciation for their virtues, struggles and character.
You will enter into a more intimate relationship with them as you see how they grew in holiness. Then you will feel more inspired to pray, asking for their intercession through the day-to-day events of your own life.
Nine days prior to their feasts, begin a novena to your favorite saint s. Most of these prayers can be found online. If not, you can compose your own and include elements you've read about their life. Fasting precedes feasting.
It is a traditional practice to fast on the day prior to a saint day, and to feast on the day of. So on the day before your saint's feast day, consider fasting from food or from other things to keep a holy vigil in anticipation of the day. Even making small gestures of sacrifice to help keep the day holy will bring graces and deepen your relationship and communion with your saint. Offer these up in thanksgiving for the graces the saint has helped obtain for you - past, present and future.
Consider going to Mass on your saint's feast day as well and offer your Mass in thanksgiving for their intercession. Celebrate that evening with your family by serving a special meal or dessert and telling the story of the saint you are celebrating. Honor them and give thanks for the consolations they provide you. There are many in the USA that most people do not even know exist. You can often venerate the relics of your saints at their shrines. Do a little research and find what special saint of yours may have a shrine near enough to visit.
You can even make this a yearly pilgrimage. By visiting their shrines you bring your intentions to your saints in an even more intimate way. Ask others if you can take their special prayer intentions with you on your pilgrimage and present them to your patron saint asking for intercession.
The intercession of the saints is especially powerful on the date that the Church celebrates their liturigcal feast. Ask that saint to help you grow spiritually and receive the graces God wants to give you.
You may ask off of work or plan a vacation around a special holiday, so why not do so around the feast day of your favorite heavenly intercessor?There are many difficult things about college. It takes a lot of time and effort to be a student. In order for us to make it through, we need support. God will always be there to provide us with that support. God is so much more than that; He is our provider, but he is also our King and he deserves all that we can give him.
I know that giving him the time I need to give him has been a huge struggle for me. By this point in your semester, you should already know your schedule pretty well. You can pick out specific points in your day to read your Bible or just have a conversation with God. One thing I try to do is read my Bible every morning before I leave and every evening before I sleep. Granted, sometimes I run late and have to catch up on my reading later on in the day, but generally this has worked out well for me.
Setting up a Bible study with friends could be a good way to do that. This is something that could even happen during your lunch break with a Bible app on your phone. You could each bring a favorite verse from something you read on your own and have conversations about why it is important to you. Plus there is always the chance that something you read could help someone else out.
Having friends to talk to about godly things builds you up as a Christian.
All these things will only help you grow as a Christian. This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. For me it usually happens when I first walk out of the dorm in the morning. I always tend to make a comment about the weather or something, thanking him for a beautiful day, or thanking him that I have layers to warm me up on cold cloudy days.
There is always something to be thankful for. Thank God for the day, for the friends you have, for your family, thank him that you actually got your homework done the night before. Things like that will keep God in your thoughts throughout the day.
We also need to make sure we let God know how much we truly appreciate him. Doing that will help us see how much God truly does for us, so that we can know to trust him on those days that blessings might be hard to find. It has several verses picked out for many different subjects: from accomplishments, to healing, to work. Every Tuesday and Thursday my boyfriend and I take the time to read through one of the subject's set of scriptures.
God is there for us. He wants to talk to us. He should be number one in our lives. Letting other things take over our prayer time is something we are all guilty of from time to time.
Just know that God is waiting on us. Once I started giving more time to God his presence started growing in my life. It became easier to talk to him. Switching to playing more Christian music is a big change, but it really has more of an effect than you think it would. Play K-love when you have a long car ride to take. I blare K-love or Air1 and sing my heart out. I know no one but God is listening so I feel okay to just let everything out and be completely open, praising, worshiping, and just having conversations out loud with God.
This may seem like an obvious thing, but the Bible says in Hebrews to not forsake gathering together. Church is where we go to stay uplifted, feed our spirits, and grow in God.Click to listen to an audio recording of this article: How can I have a deeper relationship with Jesus? The relationship that Christians have with Jesus can vary greatly from person to person. Just because you have been converted To make a decision to turn away from sin and darkness, from the power of the devil to the living God.
We repent from our former sins, cast off our old life — a life which enjoyed living in the passing pleasures of sin — For some Christians, a relationship with Jesus consists of praying to Him and going to church on Sunday.
They allow Jesus to be a sacrifice for their sins, but the relationship with Him stops there. For others, Jesus is an example to follow, and they try their best to live as He did.
The Bible, however, speaks about an intimate and dynamic relationship with Jesus. He, Himself, was tempted in all points just as you are, but overcame sin and death. Hebrews ; Romans Because of His faithfulness, He has all the power and grace to help you to overcome sin in your life. This also means that your relationship with Him can be full of life — not something lifeless and stagnant — because He Himself is alive! Revelation The fact is that you, yourself, decide what relationship you want to have with Jesus.
A relationship with Jesus is not one-sided. Just think that Jesus and the Father want to come and make Their home with you! Is that the relationship that you have with Him?
Have you ever thought that Jesus wants to manifest reveal Himself to you? That promise is given to those who love Him and keep His commandments, so it is clear that such a revelation of Jesus is to occur throughout your life as a Christian, and not only at the beginning of your Christian life. He will not be far away for you, but rather lives and speaks in your heart and mind through the Holy Spirit.
He is a source of wisdom and encouragement, and therefore a source of strength in the time of temptation. He is your Savior, not only from the penalty of sin but also from its power in your life on a daily basis. That is how you will experience Jesus! He is able to have compassion on the weak, because He has experienced human weakness Himself.
Hebrews Your relationship with Jesus exists in your heart, mind, and spirit. When He is the center of your affection, then He also sits on the throne of your heart.
How can I have a deeper relationship with Jesus?
You learn that some thoughts bring you life and peace, while others bring only unrest and emptiness. In this way you learn to discern between good and evil in the daily situations of life, between what is and what is not well-pleasing in His sight. Jesus becomes your instructor and guide to a deeper life in the Spirit. The relationship that you have with Jesus is also in your human spirit, where you learn to turn to Him in times of stress, struggle, and temptation, away from your own thoughts and feelings.
There you meet the Spirit of Jesus, which is the spirit of prophecy. Revelation The prophetic spirit of Jesus speaks edification, exhortation, and comfort right to your human spirit, and you will sense that you are powerfully strengthened.
As you draw closer to Jesus, the Bible words you have read and heard and spoken so many times before will suddenly become alive for you.
Dry verses that had little meaning before will become full of power to live the life that Jesus lived. You will sense that a spirit of revelation speaks in your inner man, and you will understand the Word of God and your own life very differently as a result. Faith will be born in your heart at a deeper level with each revelation over the Word.
Relationships with people are dynamic, in that they often change with time and can grow deeper. So it is also with your relationship with Jesus. The relationship becomes deeper as your love for Him increases, and as your love for your own life i.During these challenging times, we guarantee we will work tirelessly to support you.
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If you belong to a faith, getting to know God through a personal relationship with him is the most rewarding thing one can do. God offers his friendship freely to all, but many people reject it because they think it means "religion".
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Tips and Warnings. Things You'll Need. Related Articles. Read and study the Bible as a personal books and letters, all from God to you. To get to know God, you must first listen to what He has to say.
Start from the beginning with the book of Genesis and gradually read your way through the end of the book of Revelations. Alternatively, you might start with the book of John to gain understanding of the story of Christ, and how he provided for your life in God.
He finished the Plan of Salvation so that no one should be lost or alone, but that all should walk in new life in Christ.By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O. Sinai that proves his credentials. We need to pursue God as we would the persons we love. So as we make our way through these last weeks of ordinary time before Lent, here a few steps — in no particular order — that can help us draw closer to God.
First, start by listening to him. As with a spouse, the most important thing we can do is to be present and listen. This requires the investment of time and focus. Second, cultivate silence. Lewis often said that noise is the music of hell. What does my life mean?
Is there a God, and if so, who is he, and what does he ask of me? Third, seek humility. Humility is to the spirit what material poverty is to the senses: the great purifier.
Humility is the beginning of sanity. When we finally, really believe in our own sinfulness and unimportance, many other things become possible: repentance; mercy, patience, forgiveness of others. These virtues are the foundation stones of that other great Christian virtue: justice. Fourth, cultivate honesty.
Complete honesty is only possible for a humble person. The reason is simple. The most painful but important honesty is telling the truth to ourselves about our own motives and our own actions.
Modern life is too often built on the marketing of half-truths and lies about who we are and what we deserve. Honesty allows the mind to breathe and think clearly. Fifth, seek to be holy. Holy does not mean nice or even good, although truly holy people are always good and often — though not always — nice. We need to choose and seek holiness.
Sixth, pray. Prayer is more than just that portion of the day when we advise God about what we need and what he should do. God certainly wants to hear what we need and love and fear, because these things are part of our daily lives, and he loves us. Because prayer requires us to lift up who we are and everything we experience and possess to God. Pride is too heavy to lift.As Christians grow in spiritual maturity, we hunger for an intimate relationship with God and Jesus, but at the same time, we feel confused over how to go about it.
How do you get closer to an invisible God? The essence of an intimate relationship, especially with God, requires sharing. The Gospels are remarkable books. Even though they are not exhaustive biographies of Jesus of Nazareththey give us a compelling portrait of him. If you read those four accounts carefully, you will come away knowing the secrets of his heart.
As you read about Jesus healing people thousands of years ago, you begin to grasp that our Living God can reach out from heaven and touch your life today. Through reading God's Word, your relationship with Jesus begins to take on new and deeper significance. Jesus revealed his emotions. He got angry at injustice, showed concern about a hungry crowd of his followers, and cried when his friend Lazarus died. But the greatest thing is how you, personally, can make this knowledge of Jesus your own.
He wants you to know him.
Deepen Your Personal Relationship with Jesus
What sets the Bible apart from other books is that through it, God speaks to individuals. The Holy Spirit unfolds Scripture so it becomes a love letter written specifically to you.
The more you desire a relationship with God, the more personal that letter becomes. When you are intimate with someone else, you trust them enough to share your secrets.Mastering Love and Relationships
Trust is hard. But Jesus loved you and trusted you first. He laid down his life for you. That sacrifice has earned him your trust. Many of our secrets are sad. It hurts to bring them up again and give them to Jesus, but that is the path to intimacy.Have you ever secretly been jealous of someone who seemed to have an intimate relationship with God and hear from Him all the time, as if they had some sort of supernatural direct phone line to God? I know I have, and chances are you have too.
We often tend to think feeling truly connected to God is out of reach, or only for other people, but God longs for that closeness with every one of us — not because of who we are, but because of Who He is.
If we are willing to make a relationship with Him a priority, we will eventually begin feeling His closeness. In my Proverbs 31 Devotion today, I talked about the spiritual junk food that often prevents us from focusing on our faith or feeling close to God, and you can read that devotion here. Spend quiet time with God. How often do we hear how important this is? But how often do we really make it a priority? Life is busy and we all have routines.
Read your Bible. If reading the whole thing over a year or so seems overwhelming, commit to digesting it in smaller portions, possibly reading one chapter or one book a week.
God speaks through His Word, so if your goal is not only grow closer to God, but to begin hearing from Him with spiritual clarity, spending time reading what He has written will open up doors for spiritual growth. For additional info on getting the most out of reading your Bible, click here to read a past blog post which shares tips and questions for deeper bible study. Spend time with other believers. Seek out friends, support groups, or bible studies where conversation will fuel your faith, not squelch it.
Attend church regularly. Live out your faith. This might sound like the hard part, yet when we make the first five tips a priority in our life, then living out our faith become a reality.
A heart on fire for Christ transforms our inner thoughts and desires and results in not only the desire to live out our faith, but the inspiration and motivation to do whatever it takes to do so. A close relationship with our Savior is possible for all of us. Keep on seeking, and you will find.