James 4:8, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."
Communication is vital to any relationship. Effective and frequent communication is how we grow closer to those in our lives. Ineffective and infrequent communication is likely to push people away and cause strife. Over the years I've learned that the type of relationships we have is highly dependent upon how we are able to communicate with each other. When I speak with the cashier at the grocery store, topics are surface-level and brief. I speak to them long enough to get through the line and then promptly forget about them once they are done doing what I needed from them. If I were to speak with my husband that way, I could hardly expect to grow closer to him, let alone maintain the relationship we have. The same goes for our relationship with the Lord.
Using the Bible as a guide, we see how David communicates with the Lord in Psalms. He cries out to God and asks questions of God constantly:
Psalm 25:4-5 and 16-17,
"Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.
Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me,
For I am desolate and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart have enlarged;
Bring me out of my distresses!"
David was a man after God's own heart because he desperately wanted to know God's heart and fervently expressed his own heart to God. He doesn’t merely seek the Lord when he needs help; he sought to know Him and His ways, whatever it took. We can clearly see throughout 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, and Psalms how God drew closer to David when David drew closer to Him. They maintained good communication with each other.
Many Christians often say that they want to hear from the Lord, but still many of them are communicating with God on a surface-level, just getting what they need and going on their way. We can create effective and frequent communication by expressing our hearts to God in prayer and by letting Him communicate with us through reading His Word and being still.
"Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!"