How to Get Closer to God

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you” (James 4:8).

I. By Praying to Him.

“When ye pray, believe … and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24).

A. Prayer must be accompanied with desire and faith. The promise is “Ye shall have them.”

B. There are prayers of praise, petition, and fellowship. We get closer to God when we use all three of them (Luke 18:1).

II. By Proving His Promises

“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:4).

A. The promises of God are dependable. Not one has ever failed.

B. There are promises in God’s Word for every need. We get closer to God when we use them. Our faith grows stronger. Faith pleases God (1 Kings 8:56).

III. By Praising Him

“From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised” (Ps. 113:3).

A. Praise is an effective way to get closer to God. Someone said, “We praised our way through the difficulty.” Another, “When you can’t pray your way through, praise your way through.”

B. Praise pleases God. One cannot complain, find fault, or be discouraged, and truly praise God at the same time (Ps. 34:1).

IV. By Practicing His Presence

“I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you” (John 14:18).

A. Many Christians often forget, ignore, and disregard God’s presence.

B. They should strive, instead, to be aware of God’s presence with them continually. He is there, regardless of the circumstances (Heb. 13:5).

  p 29  V. By Participating in His Work

“I have chosen you … that ye should go and bring forth fruit …” (John 15:16).

A. To participate means to share, join in, have a hand in, cooperate, get involved. This is what Christians should do where God’s work is concerned.

B. When we participate in God’s work, we share His friendship (John 15:14).

 Spray, R. E. (1984). “How to …” Sermon Outlines (pp. 28–29). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

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