How to Grow with God

I put together some ideas to help you grow closer to God, reconnect with God, or go deeper with God than ever before.

1. Prayer

Acknowledge to God in prayer that you need Him to reveal Himself.

Prayers while kneeling or lying in bed or prayer walking or journaling are great ways to express yourself to God.

Pray thanking Him for what you have. “Every good gift in life comes from God” the Scriptures say.

Confess anything you might have done to create distance between you and Him and ask for forgiveness.

Also, confess if you are angry with Him or frustrated with your circumstances, etc.. Be honest with Him about any anger or frustration or pain you feel about your life.

2. Fasting

Consider fasting from anything that could be distracting you from being in a good place with God. Fasting from the news, alcohol, sugar, or anything you think could remind you to pray more often throughout the day. Any time you think of the news or sugar or whatever it is you’ve fasted from, use that to reconnect with God through prayer. The fast could be for 24 hours or 40 days or anything in between.

3. Messages, Podcasts, and Music

Read these message notes and/or listen to this message on the Power of Powerlessness or this one on Hide or Seek or this one on Surrender.

On my phone, I have podcasts from Gateway Church in Austin, Erwin McManus from Mosaic, and Timothy Keller from Redeemer in New York City.

I also try to connect with God throughout the week with worship songs on my phone from bands like Mosaic MSC, Hillsong, Bethel, and you can listen to the Gateway Austin playlist on Spotify as well.

4. The Scriptures

In addition to praying, fasting, and listening to messages, Read through the Gospel of John and ask God to show you who Jesus really is. Go beyond what you’ve assumed was imposed on you. Who is He really? Pray before reading: God reveal yourself to me.

  • The Three Day Plunge – Read 7 chapters a day for 3 days in a row.
  • The Seven Day Challenge – Read 3 chapters a day for 7 days.
  • The Twenty-one Day Experiment – Read 1 chapter a day for 21 days.

5. Journaling

I like to write down what I am learning from God or even my prayers to God.

You could even use the Next Steps in response to the message on Sunday.

Consider this exercise: Process for Creating a Better Future  – On your own answer the key questions based on what a the future you sense God wants for you could look like.

6. Baptism

Ask God if baptism is the symbolic next step for you in your walk with Him. No need to do this again if you have already made this decision in the past.
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7. Connect with others who follow Jesus.

Consider the Healthy Layers of Relationships (as demonstrated by Jesus):

  • Gateway Inspire service (Sermon on the Mount) – “Love The Lord with all your heart.” (connect)
  • Network (the 70) – “Love The Lord with all your strength.” (serve)
  • Life group (the 12) – “Love The Lord with all your mind” (grow)
  • Running partners (the 3) – “Love The Lord with all your soul.” (knowing and being known)
  • Connect with a recovery group, Gateway U, and/or serve the city with us.
    More details at The Connect Spot on Sunday mornings or go to
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