PRAYER FOR SOMEONE TO KNOW GOD
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to
Thank you for hearing my prayer, not just casually listening, but invested. You bend your ear to hear every pause, false start, and You discern the emotions behind my words. No one listens like You. No one understands all the questions I've not yet asked. You do. You lead me to a place of understanding.
My heart aches today for someone who says they know You. He knows ‘of’ You because he knows stories about You. He’s heard us talk about You and I fear he is deceived into thinking that he knows You well. I do not know if he would seek You if he were not influenced by friends and family. Father him ~ and don't let his pursuit of You depend on others. Awaken his hunger so that it is self-generated by your gift of grace.
I pray that You will open his eyes to see You. Give him a spirit of wisdom and revelation to realize that unless He has personal experience with You, he doesn’t know You at all. He doesn’t know how You think and process things. He doesn’t know what moves Your heart to beat passionately. He doesn’t know about his hope and spiritual inheritance. Not really. If he did, Lord, he would not be checked out, living life by putting one foot in front of the other. He has no purpose and little significance.
Break through the fog of indifference with Your glory. Stun him and give him a Damascus road experience. Let him be privy to an intimate relationship with You. Let his knowledge of You have personal content. Penetrate his heart of stone. Kiss his soul to life and melt the walls of resistance. He is afraid of love. Afraid of feeling. Afraid of change. Afraid of Your calling on his life. And in each of his fears, there are lies about your heart. Tell him the truth, Lord. In truth is his freedom.
You love him more than I do. Call him to Your embrace and teach him to live as Your son. Amen
Originally published Thursday, 09 August 2018.