Really “Knowing the Lord” Personally!

Have you had the privilege of being introduced to any very important, influential people? Who were they? Perhaps you had a few minutes with them… but how well do you really know them? Even some of your friends… How well do you know them? … Their likes, their dislikes, their inclinations, their history (successes, failures, family, etc.). I mean do you REALLY know them?

This morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I read an “apostolic prayer” that addressed the issue of WHO I WANT TO KNOW BEST – know personally – know intimately!!! … I want to know God! I want to have a deep and personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ! Don’t misunderstand me… I want to know my wife and children personally and deeply… but even more than them I want to know the Lord!

Here was Apostle Paul’s prayer for the Christians in and near Ephesus (and I believe his prayer for all believers regardless of when or where)…

“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, MAY GIVE YOU THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND OF REVELATION IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened… [and then these things were his specific requests]…

1. That you may know “what is the hope to which He has called you.”

2. That you may know the “riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints”.

3. And that you may know what is the immeasurable greatness of His power in us who believe.”

(From Ephesians 1:15-23)

Now I have a feeling that getting and grasping all of that will take a lifetime! It’s what every good Christian leader wants and prays for those they care about and lead! It’s what the Apostle Paul wanted for every Christian. It’s the yearning of our Heavenly Father, and our Savior – the Lord Jesus Christ, and it’s what the Holy Spirit produces as a longing in our hearts! Oh, and as I read about it in my time of “coffee with the Lord” this morning, I jotted this in the margin of my Bible… “Oh, Lord do it – fulfill it – in me! I want to know you as no other – deeply, personally, and intimately! And Lord, I want it for all my “brothers and sisters in Christ!” I want it each of you that are reading this today! Oh Lord, give us “THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND OF REVELATION IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD!”

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