Thursday, November 5, 2009

To know God

" I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may grow in your knowledge of God." Ephesians 1: 17

My name is Becky. I am 5' 7" and wear a size 10 1/2 shoe. I have a husband and two children (although some days it feels like I have three children...) and live in a red brick house in Chicago. I have a younger sister. I have a degree in Elementary Education from a university in South Carolina. I enjoy reading and various crafts.

There you go; you have the pertinent facts, my bio, some relevant info., so now you know me (lucky you!)

And you also know that is not true because it takes a lot more than just facts to really know someone - we are so much more than the one dimensional photo and info. tab on a Facebook page.

I love a friend who knows how I take my coffee because we've had coffee together so often that it's something they've just picked up on. Or one who picks out something and says "This is so you" because we've been together long enough for them to know my tastes. To really know me, you'd have to spend time with me.

To know someone is to know their reactions to situations, their struggles, and what they are passionate about; what discourages and empowers them. It's understanding that today might be a hard day because of "xyz" in their history. To know someone is to have walked many miles of life by their side, and not because you have a computer printout of their likes and dislikes.

The prayer in this verse is that you will increase in your knowledge of God and my guess is that it's not referencing merely gathering more facts...Know God more and more because you're spending time with Him; hearing his voice, seeing life from His perspective, realizing what brings Him joy and causes Him sorrow.

No wonder we're encouraged to "Pray without ceasing" (I Thessalonians 5:17) simply because we live life without ceasing so why not go through it mindful of God at our side? For He is always with us. He knows us because He walks through each situation with us.

And He invites us to know Him;"If you seek me you will find me when you search for me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13.

So, no matter what the circumstances, or the need, this is our prayer for ourselves and for each other.

"I pray for you constantly asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding,
so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light
so that you can understand the wonderful future He has promised to those He called.

I want you to realize what a rich and glorious inheritance He has given to His people.
I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of His power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead." Ephesians 1: 17-19

May you know God better at the end of this day than you did at the beginning!


Tissy Palack said...

You are the kind of teacher the world needs.

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