Recently I’ve heard a few preaches where the phrase “Intimacy with God” has been mentioned and highlighted. Undoubtedly intimacy with God is vital, the key to our lives and our whole purpose on earth, for we are made to worship our creator (Colossians 1:16).
I found myself thinking (whilst cleaning my house!) “What does intimacy with God mean for me practically?” Possibly we all automatically think longer quiet times, but really is that it?
I am one of those people who love to have a prayer list. If I say I will pray for someone or something it goes on my list so I’m praying for it weekly. I believe God made me this way, as I function like this in other areas of my life. However, so often I get caught with my “to-do list”, rather than just spending time with God and being intimate with Him.
I looked up the word ‘Intimacy’ on Google and got this:
“Intimacy generally refers to the feeling of being in a close personal association and belonging together. It is a familiar and very close affectionate connection with another as a result of a bond that is formed through knowledge and experience of the other. Genuine intimacy in human relationships requires dialogue, transparency, vulnerability, and reciprocity.”
Intimacy with God requires us talking to him, not just asking him for various answers we need to be open – God does look at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7), don’t try hide things from God, after all He knows us better than we know ourselves (Romans 8:27). Ask Him into every area of your life. I think intimacy with God is 24/7, not just in our quiet times. It’s hearing Him whisper something to us when we are driving, working, washing up, chatting to someone, falling asleep and during our sleep.
I heartily recommend intimate times with God in your quiet times, but make room for God all the time; invite Him in to every circumstance you’re going through and see how close you become to our incredible loving Father in heaven. Belong and be close to God!