The Journey Begins

The first step in developing a deeper relationship with God comes by replacing our distorted images of God with the truth. If you want to know who God the Father is, all you have to do is look at the life of Christ. In John 14:8-10 when Phillip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?”

If we want to know who God the Father is, all we have to do is look at the life of Christ. We can see the Father’s compassion for the hungry when Jesus fed the multitude. We can see the Father’s mercy when Jesus forgave the woman who had been caught in adultery. We can see the Father’s love when Jesus restored the sight to the blind, cleansed the leper, and empowered the lame to rise up and walk.

The very nature and character of our heavenly Father is love. God sent his only begotten son into the world to show us his love. He wants to establish a passionate relationship with all his beloved children. He wants to remove our distorted images and replace them with his truth. He wants to heal all our wounds. He wants to fill us with his Holy Spirit. He wants to live a life of communion with us through his intimate fellowship.

I first started developing a more intimate relationship with my heavenly Father the day a friend of mine told me about the books he was reading. He was researching the lives of the modern-day Saints, great men of God who were conducting healing services so powerful that people would rise from their wheelchairs and start walking. He noticed a common thread in their lives—they all had a close relationship with their heavenly Father.

After hearing about this, I set out to develop a closer relationship with my Abba Father. I started praying at a small table with four chairs. After taking a seat in one of the chairs, I invited the three persons of the Trinity to join me. At first is seemed difficult and awkward, but after a while I began speaking to my Abba Father from my heart. I realized that I had spent most of my life distant from his fellowship. I believed information about God the Father, but I never took the time to really get to know him.

My prayer time really grew exciting when I started meditating on God’s Word in the presence of the Trinity. I would read passages from John 17:21-23 where Jesus said, “As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

After reading these kinds of Scripture passages, I would have the most incredible conversations with the three Persons of the Trinity. I pictured the Lord Jesus sitting at the table looking at me with the most beautiful eyes. My Abba Father would sit directly across from me filled with a warm and gentle Spirit. At times all I could do was repeat his name over and over again, asking him to take care of me in the same way a little boy would cry out to his earthly father.

There’s nothing to fear. The Blessed Trinity has incredible plans for your life. Why not take a moment right now and invite the Blessed Trinity to join you in prayer? Start by finding a quiet place in your home and come humbly before the Lord your God. If you have been living a life devoid of God’s intimate fellowship, ask your heavenly Father’s forgiveness. Speak to the Blessed Trinity from your heart. Jesus wants to come into your heart right now. He wants to cleanse and purify your life with the power of his Holy Spirit.

More information on Developing a Deeper Relationship with God can be found in the Spiritual Warfare & Healing Books by Robert Abel.