5 Things that every growing Christian should practice Ok, so this blog post is going to be somewhat vague. But honestly, the things that I am going to list are not always thought about on a daily basis. Therefore, I’d like to point these things out so that it is kept in mind and developed. A PRAYER LIFE I know that prayer is something that is easier said than done. But in reality, if you want to grow closer to God then prayer is needed throughout your day. Pray for you food, pray about your exam, pray for you family, pray for a struggling friend, pray for your church, and pray for your leaders. Don’t worry if you don’t know what to pray for, the bible assures us in Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning’s too deep for words (ESV).” The great thing is that though sometimes we can’t put our feelings into words, the Holy Spirit will do it for us. A GOOD STUDY BIBLE Throughout your college life, you will experience a roller coaster ride of uncertainty. This can range anywhere from doubting if God exists to questioning whether tattoos are “biblical.” It’s matter of fact that the best way to reach an answer is through diving into scripture. A study bible will help you dissect the word and find answers. A MENTOR Look for someone to help you in your walk with Christ. Whether this is a leader, a close friend, a family member, a professor, or a pastor, it is good to have someone who will pray for you, be there for you in your times of need, give you praise when necessary, push you and hold you accountable, and help you set goals for yourself. A SMALL GROUP/ BIBLE STUDY One of the best ways to learn is through group processing. Discussing important topics in the bible and having a group of people to help you in times of needs is vital in growth. I remember when I first started attending a bible study, it changed my life. I enjoyed the aspect of discussing topics and voicing opinions on different matters. A 5-YEAR PLAN Yes the bible does say in Psalm 16:9, “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps (NIV),” meaning that even though you make your plans for the future God has the final say. By 5-year plan I’m talking about goals that you can work towards. It’s important that you pray
and ask God to guide you and give you wisdom in what you should do with your life. Examples on what might be listed in your plan could be, getting a new job, traveling to Europe, learning a new instrument, having children, etc.