Romans 10: 9-10 says, “If you confess [declare] with your mouth the Lord Jesus, [that Jesus is your Lord] and believe [trust] in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, then you will be saved; for with the heart a man believes [trusts] unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Drawing near to God is an act. It is an act of the will to choose God. It is an act of the heart to believe [trust], unto righteousness. It is an act of the mouth to confess the trust that you have in your heart, in Jesus as your Lord, to have salvation.
So if you want to draw near to God you must use your will, your heart, and your mouth. You do not need worry, or the sweat of your brow, or money, or service to other people, or a special relationship with the pastor or the priest. It takes someone who is not ashamed to confess that Jesus is your Lord. If you don’t confess, then the relationship begins to break down.
I’ve been believing and trusting in God since I was a small child, even before I understood what it was to be saved. But I’ve had several spells of being ashamed to reach out and talk to people about Him. I don’t know why I was ashamed, maybe the call of the world or an attack from the devil, but I am humbly thankful that God has delivered me from being ashamed, so I can truly draw near to Him.
In Deuteronomy 6:7 it says, “You shall teach them [these Words of God] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” Trusting in and talking to and about God are two of the greatest tools we have for drawing nearer to Him.