Are you looking for a deeper, more connected relationship with God, but seem to have a hard time? As a pastor this seems to be the struggle of most parishioners. They want to grow in God, but don’t quite know how to start or what to do. Here is my approach to building a strong relationship with Jesus Christ, treat Jesus just like a person. So this means that you have to talk to him every day, learn about him by reading the bible. Be considerate of how he feels, by asking him for his advice. Doesn’t that seem practical? Getting to know God is extremely practical! Just as you are devoted to your best friend or your spouse it takes the same devotion to God. This is “personal devotion” this can’t be mixed up with your devotion to your local church. Here is something to think about – just like you can’t depend on the school system to teach and train your child properly and holistically, you should not as a Christian expect “going to church” to teach and train you holistically. Don’t get me wrong, I wholly believe that weekly attendance to a local assembly is imperative for the Christian experience as per Hebrews 10:25, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” What I don’t believe is that the Christian experience starts and stops at your local assembly. There has to be a personal devotion, where you bring yourself before God via Prayer, Bible Study, Praise and Worship daily. It’s the combination of personal and corporate devotion that empowers the Christian to withstand the evil of the day. What the Body of Christ needs is prophetic parishioners! In other words, we need laity who have a deep connected relationship with God, and extremely in tuned to his Words. I want to encourage you to give yourself to personal devotion, don’t depend on your church experience alone to be the lifeline of your spiritual life.