1) Reconnecting To God Starts With Prayer
Prayer is often where we start in so many different situations. The same can be said when we are feeling disconnected from God. Prayer is simple, powerful, and can be done anywhere at any time. Prayer also allows us to do two very important things. It allows us to share our hearts, thoughts, and needs with God, while also allowing God to do the same with us.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. - James 4:8a (NKJV)
Prayer is a conversation, not a monologue. God wants to be in relationship and in communication with us. I know for me, when I have felt the most disconnected from God were the times when praying was at the end of my daily to-dos. Then, if I did get around to it, it was out of a sense of obligation, not to truly connect. I was just simply checking it off my list. By looking at prayer as a “get to” and not a “have to,” we cannot only reconnect with God but grow in our desire to pray, and in our relationship with God.
2) Self-Evaluation Is Also A Must
This is where we have to be honest with ourselves. We need to look to see what are the ways and when are the times when we are feeling the most disconnected from God. Are there things we are either doing or not doing that cause us to feel disconnected or draw us away from God?
Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. 2 Corinthians 13:5a (AMPC)
This look in the mirror moment is often the hardest, but also the most revealing. When we peel back the layers, we realize we are often making choices, whether big or small, intentionally or unintentionally, that draw us away from God. God is always there listening, willing, and wanting to draw nearer to us.
By taking an honest look at ourselves and the effort, or lack thereof, that we are putting into our relationship with God, we can often reveal other steps we need to take or stop taking to reconnect with God. One of the next steps you may need to take is resolving to become more disciplined.
3) Make Resolutions
This is something that so many of us do at the beginning of the year with our churches, family, or friends, but rarely do this at any other time of the year. Renewing pledges or making a resolution to be proactive and disciplined helps get me back on track. John Wesley laid it out as developing a method or discipline. We, “Methodists,” even have this included in our reception of new members. All of us renew our pledge to uphold the church with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. Those are our steps of discipleship and good stewardship!
One of my favorite seminary professors used to say, “If you can think it, ink it!” Putting pen to paper helps us get firmly planted. Putting our resolutions and next steps down on paper gives us a method to reconnect with God and our faith. Taking realistic and practical steps (they don’t have to be big) to deepen your discipleship and resolving to make them habits, will build that connection. You would be amazed at how reconnected with God you become and the more time you have to pray when you list out your resolutions and next steps for your life.
4) Start A Daily Devotional
There are times when you may not know what to pray. Even reading your Bible seems daunting. This is where seeking a little help will not just help, but maybe just the answer you need to reconnect with God. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. Psalms 1:2 (NLT)
I love starting my day off with a devotional. One of the things I love most about devotionals is that they come in so many forms, have so many different topics, and can be as long or as short as you want them. There are times when a 2-minute devotional will do. Then there are other times when taking your time to read, write, and pray is what you need.
Regardless of the time needed or the topic it focuses on, devotionals are great ways to draw you closer to God, help you reconnect, and grow in different areas. If you are looking for a new devotional, check out the app store on your phone. I often listen to devotionals as I am getting ready for work. They help center me.
5) Get More Active In The Body Of Christ
Community is such an important part of your faith. So when you are feeling disconnected, being in community with other believers is so important. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see . - Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
Reconnecting to faith often is reconnecting to church. It may feel as if you are merely attending, but as you come more and more, you have more opportunities to allow yourself to see God and connect to faith. Being in a small group or Sunday school class allows you to not just reconnect with God, but also allows you to connect with others. Some of my best friends have come from joining a small group.
Our need to be connected with God and others is so ingrained in who we are and how God created us. That is why when we are feeling disconnected from God or others, like our spouses or kids, we have to take the necessary steps to reconnect. Relationships are a two-way street, so with these 5 simple steps, you can get the reconnection with God you are seeking.