17 Bible Verses about Growing Closer to God

17 Bible Verses about Growing Closer to God

Life can easily overwhelm us, but rather than suppressing our feelings, ask for assistance. Don’t be frightened to approach God if you don’t perceive Him in your life the same way that you formerly did.

God is aware of every idea and desire that dwells within us. Please know that reaching out to God is the answer, regardless of how long it has been since you last felt His presence.

God does not turn away from us. He cares about us, is after us, and wants us to develop our relationship with Him.

Admitting that we need God’s assistance is not a sign of weakness; instead, it indicates our desire to get to know God better.

Bible Verses about Growing Closer to God

When we become Christians, we establish a growing relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

We are urged to grow in holiness and resemblance to Jesus via the power of the Holy Spirit. This spiritual development becomes a defining characteristic of our faith.

These are 17 of our all-time favorite Bible Verses about growing closer to God.

You will experience development and blessings as you pursue holiness as you read the Bible and pray!

Acts 2:41 – The Call To Salvation And Baptism

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Acts 2:41 (KJV)

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We become a part of the body of Christ through baptism. The fire of the Holy Spirit will sanctify our hearts, and the waters of baptism will wash away our sins.

When our hearts are cleansed, we start to get closer to God. Believing in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and life eternal is another way to get closer to him.


1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray Without Ceasing

Pray without ceasing.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)

1 Thessalonians 5_17

As part of his Christian journey, Paul found great value in prayer and communion with the Father.

The person who prays is the one who relies entirely on the Lord for all of his needs rather than on his resources.

A person who seeks to maintain a close, personal relationship with the Lord Jesus is said to be a man or woman of prayer. Regardless of our activity, let us cultivate a prayerful attitude.


Jeremiah 29:13 – Seek God With All Your Heart

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13 (ESV)

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You need to seek God out right now. He is waiting for you to seek His presence, a connection with Him, and a sense of intimacy.

He is patiently waiting for you to seek His spiritual guidance for your life, thoughts, and ways of doing things.

God has his arms open wide in anticipation of hearing from you today. He desires a relationship with you and wants you to understand that He keeps your conversations with others private.


Matthew 18:3 – Becoming Like Children

And said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:3 (ESV)

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The inhabitants of the Kingdom of Heaven do not value their greatness there.

Jesus frequently used children to illustrate what it means to live as members of his Kingdom.

Childlike trust in the Father and childlike faith are virtues. We are instructed to get closer to our Heavenly Father just as kids get closer to their fathers.


Luke 9:23 – Take Up Your Cross And Follow God

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Luke 9:23 (KJV)

Luke 9_23

Jesus instructs us to pick up our crosses daily and follow Him if we want to get closer to Him.

Grace and faith in Christ are what save us. But to indeed follow the Lord Jesus, we must pick up our crosses daily.

We must follow the Cross’s path. We are to do more than hear and listen to the Word; we must put it into practice.


1 John 1:9 – Confess, God Is Faithful To Forgive

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9 (KJV)

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Confession is another way to rid yourself of sin to grow closer to God.

God will readily assist in releasing you from this sin and helping in guiding you towards all the ways of righteousness when you confess your sin because He sees that you are moving closer to Him.

Adopting this style of life will improve your friendship with God and others.


Deuteronomy 6:5 – Love The Lord With All Your Heart

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

Deuteronomy 6:5 (ESV)

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Because of our fallen nature as humans, we are compelled to fall short of His perfection.

The only Man who could love God perfectly was the Lord Jesus Christ. We can only be credited with His nature and love just as He loved us through Christ.

As we abide in Jesus Christ, may the love of God permeate our hearts so we can grow daily towards Him.


Isaiah 1:18 – God Can Cleanse All Sins

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

Isaiah 1:18 (ESV)

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God urges us to return to him and get to know Him better. If we turn to him and obey him, he promises that our sins will be forgiven.

He wants to win our hearts and mold us into people who reflect his character. He desires for us to be like him and loves us.

So let us purify ourselves, our minds, and our hearts and approach God.


2 Corinthians 1:4 – God Offers Us Comfort

Who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

2 Corinthians 1:4 (ESV)

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For our peace and rest, let us draw nearer to the Lord; then, as we are filled with His love, may that love and comfort overflow from us to others around us.

What a gift from our Lord, who is also our Comforter.


Exodus 20:5 – God Is A Jealous God

You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,

Exodus 20:5 (ESV)

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God asserts that He is a jealous God in this passage.

When we allow our hearts to turn away from Him and let our gadgets and phones take precedence in our lives, He turns into a jealous God.

Right now, God urges us to worship Him entirely with our hearts, minds, and spirits.

God urges us to return and live in harmony with Him, adoring Him and carrying out everything for the praise of His Name.


Bible Verses Staying Close to God

Reading the Bible and praying is the best way to deepen your relationship with Christ.

When we pray to God, He is always with us, especially when there is nothing else to cling to and no one can help us with our issues or answer our concerns.

God never fails when all else does. When circumstances seem bleak, He will always catch us when we fall and reassure us via His Word that everything will be okay.


Luke 9:23

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Luke 9:23 (KJV)

Hebrew 13_6

Jesus encourages us to be close to him in this verse.

If we genuinely want to be His disciples, we must be like Christ in His humanity and deny ourselves, but to do this, we must give our life over to the Spirit.

Our lives should be ones of detachment from the world, pain, suffering, and service to God.


1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9 (KJV)


All of our past, present, and future sins were covered by trust in Christ Jesus as our Savior, but our relationship with the Father is nevertheless strained whenever we let the old sinful nature rule our actions.

However, if we repent of our wicked deeds and attitudes, God is trustworthy and righteous to forgive us, purge us of all unrighteousness, and forget our sins.


James 4:8

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
James 4:8 (KJV)

We who are half-hearted toward God and unsure of our faith are instructed to clean our hearts in this chapter.

God has withdrawn from us as a result of our sins, but if we want tender friendship and sweet communion with Him once more, we are the ones who are told to come near to God, and He will draw near to us since He is never distant from any one of us.


John 14:1

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
John 14:1 (KJV)

We live in a world full of stresses and strains, and even though we are powerless to stop life’s pressures, the Lord Jesus Christ has assured us.

As a result, let us not allow life’s stresses to make us lose faith in God. Jesus encourages us to maintain our composure and rely on him despite any storm we may face.


Jeremiah 23:23-24

Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?  Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 23:23-24(KJV)

God is demonstrating that nothing that occurs in this world escapes His notice. God is aware of and interested in it, no matter how excellent or horrible something may be.

God gives us inspiration and motivation through this verse. He encourages us to be close to him, for He always keeps an eye on us.


Matthew 6:16-18

Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:16-18 (KJV)

Fasting is intended to help people get closer to God. Our character must change to more closely resemble that of our heavenly Father.

A fast for God is about being internally transformed rather than about appearing to be fasting on the outside.


Luke 6:27

But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,

Luke 6:27 (KJV)

Christ imparted a fantastic lesson to His followers: to love their enemies and do good to those who despised them.

It is impossible for us to love our enemies and do good to people who treat us poorly or take advantage of us out of spite without the attitude of divine love that Jesus Christ has made apparent in our lives.



So many things might derail our relationship with God, which is tragic.

Sometimes we have to walk away from the things pulling us away from God to walk with Him.

Consider putting it on hold if anything in your life has taken precedence over time with God.

Making a place for God can be challenging when new media, pleasure, or future goals take precedence.

Limit the time you spend on these things and devote that time to getting to know God better.



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