Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I get closer to God?”
As ministry wives, there are moments when we may feel lost or distant on our spiritual journey. The demands of our roles, the challenges we face, and the constant giving can leave us spiritually drained.
But it’s okay because there is a way to rekindle that spiritual connection and build a deeper relationship with God. Let’s explore why we might feel distant and look at practical ways and powerful prayers to get closer to God.
Why Do We Feel Distant as Ministry Wives?
Ministry wives serve faithfully alongside their spouses, supporting their congregations and communities. Yet, there are moments when the demands of ministry, the weight of expectations, or the busyness of life can lead to feelings of spiritual disconnection.
It’s during these times that we need to intentionally draw closer to God and get to know Him more personally.
Powerful Prayers to Draw Close to God
Before diving into practical ways to get closer to God, let’s begin with the power of prayer. Prayer is our direct line to our Heavenly Father.
It is a lifeline that can help us strengthen our relationship with God when we feel lost. Here are some heartfelt prayers to help you draw nearer to God:
- Prayer of Surrender: “Heavenly Father, I surrender my worries, doubts, and insecurities to You. Take control of my life and draw me closer to You. Help me trust Your plan even when I feel lost.”
- Prayer for Guidance: “Lord, grant me wisdom and discernment. Guide my steps and lead me on the path of righteousness. I want to follow You more closely.”
- Prayer of Gratitude: “Thank You, God, for Your unfailing love and grace. Even in my moments of feeling lost, I know You are with me. Help me appreciate Your presence.”
- Prayer for Strength: “Dear Lord, I often feel weak and overwhelmed. Fill me with Your strength and empower me to draw closer to You, finding refuge in Your arms.”
- Prayer for Renewed Faith: “Father, when my faith wavers, remind me of Your promises. Renew my faith and help me trust in Your unwavering love.”
20 Ways to Get Closer to God
Now, let’s explore practical steps to strengthen your relationship with God. These 20 ways will guide you on a journey to get closer to Him, even in the midst of your roles as pastors’ wives:
- Daily Devotion: Dedicate time each day to read the Bible and pray. Doing this helps draw you closer to God everyday.
- Worship in Song: Singing praises to God is a great way to get closer to God spiritually. Worship music can truly draw you nearer to God.
- Journaling: Keep a spiritual journal to reflect on your journey as you get closer to Jesus. Write down your prayers, thoughts, and reflections.
- Christian Books: Read books that inspire faith and spiritual growth. You should also read books that deepen your understanding of God’s Word.
- Fellowship: Connect with like-minded individuals who can support you. Reaching out to other believers can give encouragement and accountability.
- Nature Walks: Enjoy God’s creation through walks in nature. Spend time in God’s creation to feel His presence and get close to His heart.
- Meditation: Meditate on Scripture or who God is. Choose a verse or passage to meditate on throughout the day.
- Serve Others: Find joy in serving others, even in the smallest acts of kindness. Serve your community or church to reflect His love.
- Fasting: Dedicate time to fasting and prayer for spiritual breakthroughs. Fasting allows you to seek God’s guidance and get to know Him more.
- Prayer Groups: Develop a habit of conversational prayer throughout your day. Consider joining or creating a support group for ministry wives to share, pray and grow together.
How to Get Closer to God (cont’d)
- Speak God’s Word: Declare Scripture over your life as you pray or go about your day. Repeating verses from the Bible can strengthen your faith and remind you of God’s promises.
- Gratitude: Practice gratitude for God’s blessings. Count the amazing things in your life and thank God daily for His goodness.
- Quiet Time: Find moments of silence to listen to His voice. Maybe consider attending a silent retreat for deep spiritual reflection.
- Forgiveness: Forgive others as God forgives you. Release any grudges you might be holding on to and give them over to God.
- Confession: Confession is a vital step in getting closer to God. When you confess your sins and seek His forgiveness, you open the door to His mercy and grace, drawing nearer to His loving presence.
- Seek Spiritual Mentors: Learn from those with a deeper faith. Ask other ministry wives who may have more experience than you and can provide the support you need.
- Acts of Kindness: Show love to others as God loves you. Try to be a source of encouragement to fellow ministry wives on their journeys.
- Bible Study Groups: Participate in or lead Bible study groups within your ministry. This helps you and others around you draw closer to the Lord and grow spiritually.
- Seek God’s Will: Seeking God’s will means asking Him for direction in every choice you make. It’s about inviting Him into your decisions, big or small, and trusting that His guidance will lead you on the right path.
- Patience: Patience is key on your journey to get closer to God. Take each step with a heart filled with patience, knowing that drawing near to Him is a gradual process.
In your role as a woman in ministry leadership, remember that feeling lost is a shared experience. Through prayer and these practical steps, you can find your way back into the loving arms of God.
Draw near to Him, embrace His presence, and strengthen your relationship as you navigate the beautiful path of ministry together.
All my love,