What will I do today to increase the depth of my personal inner relationship with God? A nearness to God will not just happen. I have to will myself closer to Him. He will help me. I must believe that. Then I must act.
I must control my thoughts. My goal will be for every thought to center around Jesus. Everything that I do, I will be aware that I am able to do this because of the grace of Jesus. I will cultivate positive thoughts about Christ. He has saved me. He strengthens me. He will never forsake me. Every moment that I am self-aware, Christ is aware of me and loves me. I will remind myself of this constantly.
I must pay close attention to what I am doing. I can lapse into sin if I am not watchful. I will remember the words of Jesus to watch and pray lest I enter into temptation. I will think of myself as a Christian and how others are watching my way of life and that I have an opportunity to influence them for Christ. I will concentrate on what I think, say, and do each moment. I must look like Jesus to the world because He dwells in me.
I will constantly pray. I can say numerous short prayers. I can even repeat the same brief prayer over and over. Remember Jesus prayed three times in the Garden of Gethsemane, saying the same thing each time. I will take time for longer prayer. I will pray with mental effort. I may be physically tired when I complete a longer prayer.
I will mediate on God’s word. I will repeat a Bible phrase I find particularly helpful over and over. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, for instance. Or, God is love. I will improve my knowledge of God’s word, and thus its practical usefulness in my personal life, by regular Bible reading.
I will depend on Jesus and the strength He promises to provide. I will pray for help to that end and I will make my own concerted effort.
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. (Romans 8:13-17 NKJV)