Trust In The Lord

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Proverbs 3:5-8 - Trust In The Lord - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Proverbs 3:5-8 – Trust In The Lord – Growing As Disciples

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8 (NIV)

Trust In Me

That’s a pretty weak thing to lean on. That will never support you. What’s that? It is a foolish mistake to lean on your own understanding. Why is that? You don’t have all the answers. You can’t see the larger perspective. You have no idea of what is just ahead. No, I don’t. Let me ask you a question. Go right ahead, I’m listening. You have my full attention. What has happened when you have relied on your own understanding? Well, sometimes I have fallen flat on my face. Not literally, but I’ve made some dumb decisions and some large mistakes. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to retrace my steps, reverse course and go back to where I got sidetracked. You don’t need to tell me. Why is that? I already know.

I have another question for you. What’s that? How will you know if you are trusting in me or relying on your own understanding? You do want to trust me don’t you? Yes, I want to trust you. If I’m going to trust in you, I probably need to start by asking you for you wisdom and your help. You don’t sound to sure about that. No, I’m sure. Trusting you begins with praying to you and asking for your help. If I haven’t asked for your help it seems pretty obvious to me that I am relying on myself. Prayer is an acknowledgement that I am trusting you and not relying on myself. That’s right. What are some other indications that you are probably relying on yourself rather than trusting in me? Taking all the credit for what I have done in life is a sure sign that I have trusted in myself. It shows that not only have I not trusted in you but that I am thinking I am the one deserving praise for all I have accomplished. What do you think about that? That attitude is pretty disgusting. You are the one that deserves glory and honor and praise for all you have done in and through my life. Yes, I am. What else? One look at my path will reveal whether I have been trusting in you or relying on myself. How so? If my path is crooked, indecisive and meandering all over, then it shows that I have been trusting in the uncertainty of my own understanding. If you take a closer look at my path you will see that I have had to stop, turn around and go back to where I got sidetracked and wandered off the path you had laid out for me. Yes, I know exactly what you are talking about. When you trust in me I will make your path straight. You will know where I want you to go. You will know what I want you to do. What else? When I have been wise in my own eyes, I have not lived in reverent fear of you. I have not run away from evil. Getting entangled in evil is just one more sign that I have relied on myself rather than trusting in you. Yes, it is. What is one sign that you really are trusting in me? When I’m trusting in you I have a sense of peace and well being in my life. I feel like you are bringing health to my body and refreshment to my bones. I have joy and delight in following you. Is that what you want? Yes Lord, it is.

Lord, I will trust in you with all my heart rather than on my own understanding. I will acknowledge you in all I think, say and do. I will reverently fear you as I humbly accept your wisdom. I will turn from evil and walk on your path as you refresh my life. Amen

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Good News

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 249 - Romans 10:14-15 - Good News - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 249 – Romans 10:14-15 – Good News – Growing As Disciples

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:14-15 (NIV)  

Good News

I could have received no better news. Tell me what Good News you received. You gave up all your rights and privileges. You came into this world to live and die for me. You were sent by your Heavenly Father to rescue me from a life without you. My sin and darkness separated me from you. In my sin, I was certain to die without and apart from you. That was intolerable to you. You could not let that happen to me. No, I could not. So, you took my sins to the cross. You suffered pain and humiliation and a painful death on my behalf. You made it so I could be righteous in God’s eyes. You made it so I could be forgiven of all my sins and cleansed of all my unrighteous. Now, when God looks at me, He sees your righteousness. I am clean in His sight. Without your payment for my sin, I would have never been able to come to live forever in heaven with you.  Now, I have been adopted into your family. I am welcomed and loved and accepted as your child. In fact, I understand that there was rejoicing in heaven on the day I came to believe in you. Yes, heaven rejoiced on that day. Now, I know that my future in heaven is kept and guarded for me. Nothing will ever be able to snatch me out of your hand. I have an eternal future in heaven with you. I know that to be true because you deposited your Holy Spirit as a guarantee. Yes, that is true. So, what better news could there be? There is no better news. I am all yours. It is now my passion and joy to love and follow and serve you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. You are my Savior and Lord. That is very Good News. That is the best of news. Yes, it is.

What will you do with the Good News that you have received? Will you keep the Good News to yourself? Will you go out and tell others the Good News so that they also can come to believe in me as their Savior and Lord? I certainly will not keep the Good News to myself. Why is that? I want others to receive all that I have received from you. I want others to be able to come to know and love and follow you as their Savior and Lord. I want others to come to live forever in heaven with you. I want to rejoice with you and all of heaven when someone comes to know and love and follow and serve you. So, I ask that you use me. Help me to boldly share the Good News of your forgiveness and cleansing and salvation. I will gladly hear and answer that prayer of yours. I will send you. I will use you. You will declare my Good News to others. We will rejoice together when others come to believe in me as their Savior and Lord. 

Lord, here I am, send me. Use me to share the Good News of the Gospel. Open my eyes and ears to see and hear who is ready to believe in you. Show me who to make the subject of my prayers. Open my mouth, give me the words you want me to speak. Amen

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Feed My Sheep

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 248 - John 21:15-17 - Feed My Sheep - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 248 – John 21:15-17 – Feed My Sheep – Growing As Disciples

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. John 21:15-17 (NIV)  

Fed To Feed

I know your call on my life. What call do I have on your life? I have been fed to feed. That sounds interesting. I would like to hear what you have to say on this subject. You drew me to yourself. You turned my life around. You rescued me from a life without you. You helped me to turn away from my sin to begin a life of loving, following and serving you. You restored my soul. You filled me with your Holy Spirit. You set me on your path of life. Yes, I did all of these things for you. When I first started following you. I had no idea what it meant to follow you as my Savior and Lord. I was completely helpless, almost like a newborn baby. I had so much growing to do. Yes, you did. You did not let me remain in this condition. No, I did not. You fed me. You taught me. You trained me. Yes, I did. How did I feed and teach and train you? You brought people into my life that you used as your instruments. Godly men and woman served as my example. They led me in prayer. They guided me in worship. They taught me your word. They worked alongside me in ministry. You brought a multitude of people alongside me to help me on every step of my journey of faith with you. That is exactly what I have done for you. To that, I would say I have been very well fed spiritually. That’s right. That’s true.

Now, it is my turn. I have been fed to feed. Just as I have been fed, so I will feed others. Just as I have been guided in prayer, so I will guide others in prayer. Just as I have been led in worship, so I will lead others in worship. Just as I have been taught your word, so I will teach others your word. And of course, I will work alongside others just as they have worked alongside me. In every way, I will respond fully to your call. Just as you have called others to feed your sheep, so will I, feed your sheep. That will be very good. Yes, you do know my call on your life. Thank you for calling me into your service.

Lord, thank you that others have heard your call and have engaged in feeding me spiritually. Where would I be without them? Now, I know that you are calling me to feed others spiritually. Lord, it will be my joy to go and feed your sheep because I love you. Amen

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Listen To My Voice

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 247 - John 10:27-29 - Listen To My Voice - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 247 – John 10:27-29 – Listen To My Voice – Growing As Disciples

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. John 10:27-29 (NIV)

Noise

This world is filled with noise. This world is clamoring for my attention. A voice shouts, “go there” another voice says, “come here”. Other voices demand that I do this or do that. If I were to listen to a thousand different voices, I suppose that I would walk a crooked path, living like a pinball bouncing from one endeavor to another. My life would have no purpose or meaning or direction. I certainly wouldn’t accomplish much. Trying to please a thousand different voices would be the certain way for me to misspend my life. That is not at all what I want. What do you want? I want to quiet myself before you. I want to draw near to you. I want you to draw near to me. I want to hear your voice. I want to follow your direction. I want to receive your guidance. I want you to guard my life. I want my life to have purpose and meaning and hope and focus that can only come from you.  Those are all very good desires.

You need to know one thing. You will be greatly comforted and encouraged by what I want you to know. What do you want me to know? I want you to hear my voice. You were made to hear my voice. It is my plan that you will hear my voice. You are one of my sheep. I am your good shepherd. I laid my life down for you. I will lead you through life. I will guide you to where I want you to go. I will give you what I want you to do. You will not misspend your life. I will use you to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans. Your future with me is secure. No evil can snatch you out of my hand. I will be with you to help you. My hand is on you. My favor will be with you. Does what I am saying give you comfort? Are you encouraged? Yes, I am. Keep on quieting yourself before me. Rest in my presence. Keep on listening attentively to my voice. Keep on following and serving me. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, this is a noisy world. Voices of every kind are shouting for my attention. The world would like me to live my life according to its values, patterns and practices. I want none of that. I will listen to your voice. Guard and guide my life as I am attentive to you. Amen

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Withdrew To Lonely Places

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 246 - Luke 5:15-16 - Withdrew To Lonely Places - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 246 – Luke 5:15-16 – Withdrew To Lonely Places – Growing As Disciples

Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:15-16 (NIV) 

My Priority

That is my priority. What is your priority? It is my priority to meet with you. Tell me more about your priority. Notice, I did not say that meeting with you is my first priority. Yes, I did notice that. Why did you not say meeting with me was your first priority? I did not want to convey the idea that any other priority came even remotely close to my priority of meeting with you. That’s good. How will you be certain to establish your priority of meeting with me? That is a very good question. I know one thing for certain. What’s that? You will not receive my leftover time. I will not let a busy schedule or the demands of life crowd you out of my life. I will not meet with you only when I get around to it. Why are these thoughts of yours so important? In the past, I have had very good intentions of meeting with you. But I never actually carved out a time and set a specific place to meet with you. I never put our meeting together firmly on my schedule. I know putting meeting with you on my schedule sounds so formal and maybe even artificial. But when I haven’t put meeting with you firmly on my schedule as my utmost and highest priority then it has never happened. Days and weeks and even months went by without my meeting with you. My meeting with you was nothing more than hit or miss. That is no way to live in an intimate relationship with you. Is that your desire? Do you want to live in an intimate relationship with me? Yes, that is the desire of my heart. I want to know you intimately. I want to love you passionately. I want to serve you completely.  I want my heart and mind and life to be fully devoted to you. That is very good. Daily, I will meet with you in prayer. Daily, I will meet with you in worship. Daily, I will meet with you in your word. Daily, I will meet with you as I go and do all that you ask of me. In every way, I will be listening attentively to you. My entire life will be focused on you. I will allow you to guard and guide my life. Then you will be able to receive all that I have for you. Then you will have all that you want from me. Then I will be the priority of your heart and mind and life. Thank you, Heavenly Father. 

Heavenly Father, I will withdraw daily to a quiet and lonely place to meet with you in prayer. I will not let a busy schedule crowd you out of my life. I will not leave our meeting to chance. You will not have my leftover time. You are the priority on my schedule. Amen

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Parable Of The Sower

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 245 - Matthew 13:18-23 - Parable Of The Sower - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 245 – Matthew 13:18-23 – Parable Of The Sower – Growing As Disciples

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:18-23 (NIV)

Abundant Fruit

That is sort of the bottom line. What is the bottom line? I want to bear abundant fruit for your kingdom. I want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. I don’t want my life in you to be choked off by the worries and cares of this world. I don’t want to wilt under heat of the troubles and trials of this life. I want to be able to fight against every evil and withstand all temptation. I want to be able to endure any persecution. I don’t want to get caught up and entrapped by wealth and the pleasures of this life. I want my heart and mind and life to be entirely focused on you. I want to be able to know and do your will. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. You have good and right and pure desires in you. Well, they did not originate in me. Any good and right and pure desires in me certainly come from you. Yes, they do.

How will you be able to live a faithful and fruitful life that is good and right and pleasing to me? How will you be able to know and do my will? How will my good and right and pure desires that are in you, be fulfilled? Not by my own strength, that is for sure. Not by my trying harder, of that I am certain. What then? Only you can make me faithful. Only you can make me fruitful. How will I make you both faithful and fruitful? You will use your word to make me both faithful and fruitful. I meet with you daily in your word. Then and there, you will plant your word deeply into my heart and mind and life. Yes, I will. You will use your word to change my heart, transform my mind, and guide my life. Your word will accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans in and through my life. I will allow you to use your word to do your work in me. That will be very good. Then your life will bear abundant fruit for my kingdom and glory. Thank you, Lord. 

Heavenly Father, I will meet with you daily in your word. I will listen carefully and make myself attentive to what you want to teach me. Plant your word deeply in my heart, mind and life. Allow your word to flourish in me so I can bear abundant fruit for you. Amen

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Go

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 244 - Jonah 1:1-3 - Go - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 244 – Jonah 1:1-3 – Go – Growing As Disciples

The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD. Jonah 1:1-3 (NIV)

Say Yes

That is what I always want to say to you. What do you always want to say to me? I always want to say, “yes” to you. Will it always be easy for you to say “yes” to me? It is the desire of my heart to always say “yes” to you. That is my hope and plan. You have a good desire and hope and plan. But you haven’t yet answered my specific question. Yes, I know. I’m thinking about your question. Tell me your thoughts. I know that I have not always said, “yes” to you. Sometimes, I have ignored your requests. Sometimes, I have delayed responding to your requests. Other times, I have run away from what you have asked me to do for you. Why would you ever run away from a request of mine? Your requests are not always easy. Sometimes you have asked me to leave the familiar to do what is uncomfortable. In fact, using the words, “sometimes” or “uncomfortable” or “unfamiliar” might be a bit of an understatement. Why is that? You often ask me to do things that are beyond my ability. Why would I do that? Sometimes, your requests have seemed outright scary to me. How could my requests scare you? You want to grow my faith as I rely on you to work in and through me. You want to do in and through me what only you can do. Do you have a problem with that? No, I don’t generally have a problem with that. I will confess that I have not always gone and done the difficult, unfamiliar and uncomfortable assignments you have given to me. Forgive me for that. You are forgiven.

How do you want to live your life? I’m not sure what you mean. Do you want to live with fear and doubt? Do you want to accomplish little or much? Do you want to have great or little faith? Do you want your life to bear much or little fruit for my kingdom? Do you want to bring a little or a lot of glory to my name? I see where all your questions are headed. I understand their meaning. I have only one answer. I want what you want. I will say “yes” to you. I will do and do whatever you ask of me, with all the power and strength you will give to me. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, I know you will ask me to go and do things for you. What you ask may be uncomfortable and unfamiliar or difficult and challenging. Help me to always say yes to you. I want to be able to both give and receive your blessings as I serve you. Amen

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Spy Out The Land

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Let Us – Deuteronomy 1-22-25 – Spy Out The Land – Growing As Disciples

Then all of you came to me and said, “Let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to.” The idea seemed good to me; so I selected twelve of you, one man from each tribe. They left and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshcol and explored it. Taking with them some of the fruit of the land, they brought it down to us and reported, “It is a good land that the LORD our God is giving us.”Deuteronomy 1:22-25 (NIV)

Rely On Me

If I give you a big assignment do you think it would be a good idea to scope out in great detail what I am asking you to do for me before you begin? It might be a good idea. Why is that? It might be good to know and understand exactly what you are asking me to do for you. You don’t sound very confident in your answer. That’s because I’m not at all confident in my answer. Why is that? If what you are asking of me seems too difficult I might shrink back and not step forward to do what you are asking of me. I might look at the size of the assignment and my limited abilities and think that you couldn’t possibly be asking me to do what you are really asking me to do. Have you ever shrunk back and not moved forward to do what I have asked of you? Yes, I’m sure that I have turned and run away from what you were calling me to do for you. So, scoping out the size of an assignment I am giving you might be a bad idea? It would be if I don’t respond to the challenge with my full faith and trust in you. When have you been successful in taking on an assignment that I have given to you? I have most often been successful when I have said yes to you without knowing all the details of what you were asking of me. In that way I have not been overwhelmed by the size of the assignment that you have given to me. The assignment from you was just as challenging but I took it on with one step at a time as I placed my full faith and trust in you. With every step I relied on you. With every step I kept my eyes on you. I did not look at the size of your assignment. I did not consider my weakness or inabilities. Instead, I relied on you for your help. That is very good.

What would you do if I told you to scope out the assignment that I was giving to you? I would do whatever you ask of me. Why might I ask you to scope out an assignment that I was giving to you? I think you might want me to know the size of the assignment so I would know right from the start how much I would need to rely on your help to complete the assignment. That’s right. What else? You might also want me to know the length of the assignment so I would know right from the start how much I would need your strength and endurance to complete the work. Yes, that is also right. In every assignment I know I will need to rely on you for your help so that I will have the strength and endurance to do whatever you ask of me. Will you rely on me? Will you go and do what I ask of you? Yes Lord, I will rely on you. That will be very good.

 Lord, I know that you have and you will again call on me to go and do what is difficult and even beyond my own abilities. I know that you want me to rely on you for your strength. I will keep my eyes on you, instead of on problems, as I trust you for your help. Amen

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Listens To Advice

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 243 - Proverbs 12:13-18 - Listens To Advice - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 243 – Proverbs 12:13-18 – Listens To Advice – Growing As Disciples

An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk, but a righteous man escapes trouble. From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him. The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult. A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies. Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:13-18 (NIV)  

Listening 

I have a growth opportunity of that I am sure. What is your growth opportunity? As you know, I have often been strong willed and opinionated. I am also one of those that is energized by the heat of a good debate. There is no doubt about that. I have not developed great skills at listening. I am afraid that I have often sent off signals that I am not always ready and willing and able to receive and act on wise advice whether it comes from you or from some wise person you have brought into my life. I know one thing for certain. What’s that? A person who fails to listen to wise advice is a fool. A person who cannot receive or act on wise advice lives in constant danger. They live with warnings never received or acted on. They think foolish thoughts, speak foolish words and take foolish actions. They suffer the natural pain and suffering of thinking and speaking and acting foolishly. I don’t want that to be me. It won’t be you, trust Me.  I have more to say. I’m listening. In the little more distant past, I have also been easily annoyed and unlikely to overlook an insult. Yes but, you have allowed me to work in you and through you so that now you are more likely to ignore and overlook an insult. I am thankful for all the progress you are making in me. That’s good. I am also thankful that I am still your work in progress. Yes, you are my work in progress. You will never stop molding and shaping me into the work of your hands. Yes, you are my masterpiece. I’m sure that you have a lot of work yet to do in me.  That’s true, but don’t be impatience or discouraged, my hands are on you. My favor rests on you. I will make you able to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to me. It is hard to think of myself as your masterpiece. Try harder. I will. That’s good. So, I will make listening my goal. I will be listening well to you. I will be listening well to wise people you bring into my life. I will receive and act on all that you want me to hear and do. That will be very good.

Lord, I have not always listened well. I have been strong willed and opinionated. I have sent off strong signals that I have not been ready or willing or able receive and act on advice. Forgive me. I will listen attentively to any wise advice you want to give me. Amen

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Asked For This

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 242 - 1 Kings 3:10-12 - Asked For This - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 242 – 1 Kings 3:10-12 – Asked For This – Growing As Disciples

The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 1 Kings 3:10-12 (NIV)

Request

I know that you delight to hear my prayers. I know that I can bring any and all my prayer requests to you. I know that there is no prayer that is too small or too large to for you to hear and answer. I know that you want me to live my life in a constant and ongoing dialogue of prayer with you. I know that, you want to me to know you intimately and follow you passionately. Yes, I want all of these things for you. That’s good and for that I am very thankful.

I am thinking a related but different thought. I’m listening. You asked Solomon what he wanted from you. Yes, I did. If you were to ask me what I wanted from you, I have an answer. If you were to give me the answer to one very large request, I know what I would ask of you. I like where you are headed in or conversation. So, you want me to make my request? Yes, absolutely. Make your request. I am listening to your every word. Well, my words will not be eloquent. My request won’t be complicated. But here goes. I want to know you. That’s it? Yes, that’s it. Now, I should clarify my request. Yes, say more. I don’t want to know you a little bit. I want to know you intimately and follow you passionately. You already know that I want that for you. Yes, I do. I am affirming that I want what you want. That is very good. We are in agreement. Without a doubt. Do you believe that I will hear and answer this prayer of yours? Yes, I do, with all my heart. You are correct. This is a prayer that I will hear and answer. Thank you, Heavenly Father.

There is much more that you know that you are not saying. That is true. Tell me what is on your heart and in your mind. If I come to know you, I will also come to love you. If I come to love you, then I will also follow and serve you. If I follow and serve you, I will also bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. All of this adds up to me living a life that is wise and good and right and true and pleasing to you. I will be able to know and do your will. Yes, it does. Yes, you will. So, I have no greater request or no more passionate desire than to come to know you. That is my prayer. That is my request. You have made a very good and wise prayer request to me.

Heavenly Father, I know for certain that wisdom does not come naturally to me. Left to my own thoughts, I will make dumb decisions and foolish mistakes. It will be my continual, ongoing prayer to ask you for wisdom so I will be able to know and do your will. Amen

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