There is an irony in our culture that believes we are more connected yet God is increasingly distant. We have smart phones, Facebook and Twitter to give us instant access to the world and each other. But the "intimacy connection" with God is at an all time low.
It may be interesting for you to know that you were indeed created for intimacy with God. As Christ followers we have been given the Spirit of the Son and adopted as a child of God. We can call him Abba, which means Daddy! How's that for intimate?
Believers can be saved and forgiven yet relationally distant from the Lord. Some Christians show little interest in spiritual things and are unaware of the shallowness of their interactions with God. Others are confused and frustrated, wondering why they don’t hear His voice or feel His presence. Even though they attend church, read their Bibles, and pray, He still seems to be far away and disconnected from them.
In the last few years, the term “intimacy with God” has become one of those phrases that Christians toss about in their conversations, but how many of us actually know what it means? If I asked you to describe it, could you? Part of the problem is that in our culture, the word intimacy has become synonymous with sex. But we’re talking about a spiritual oneness that is not based on the physical senses. God is spirit (John 4:24), and that is how we must relate to Him.
Like any close and important relationship, one of the most obvious ways to become better acquainted with the Lord is through two-way communication. But our prayers are often monologues rather than dialogues. We come to Him with our list of concerns, but how often do we take time to listen for His response? Although God delights in hearing our prayers, He also wants us to be still and listen to Him.
Since He speaks to us primarily through His Word, that’s where we will most likely hear His voice. Try interacting with the Lord by praying as you read Scripture. Meditate on His words and ask Him questions: “What are You saying to me? How does this apply to my life?” Then be still and listen; give Him time to speak to you. The more you listen, the more you’ll hear His voice, and soon your time with Him will become your greatest delight. I believe cultivating a discipline of listening will help us find an intimacy with God that has been too often neglected.