We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:3-6 (NIV)
Will you obey me? Will you receive my instruction? Will you follow my guidance? Will you go where I guide you? Will you do what I ask of you? Without question, I will obey you. Without hesitation I will go where you guide me and do what you ask of me. Without a doubt, I will receive your instruction and follow your guidance. Why are you so ready and willing to follow and obey me? You love me. I love you. You gave yourself fully for me. I will give myself fully to you. It is no burdensome task for me to follow and obey your commands. I want to go and do what is pleasing to you. I am actually looking for ways that I can do what is pleasing to you. It is my joy to love, follow and serve you. That is very good.
What do you hope will happen as you follow and serve me? It is my hoped and desire that I will come to know you. As I come to know you, I am sure that I will love more and more as I follow and serve you. When I say that I want to know you, I don’t mean that I want to know about you. I mean that I want to know you intimately. I want to hear your voice. I want to live and walk closely with you. As I remain in your presence, I want to be changed by you. How do you want me to change you? I want you to cause me to passionately love, follow and serve you. I want to be so on fire for you that I will shine and burn as a bright and bold witness for you in the world. I want your light to shine through me into the darkness of this world. I want people to be drawn to you because they see your life being lived out, in and through me. I want to live as you lived. I want to walk as you walked. I want my life to be patterned after your life. I want your thoughts and words and deeds to become my thoughts and words and deeds. I want your thoughts to be in my mind. I want your words coming out of my mouth. I want your deeds to be done through my life. In every way, I want my live to bring glory to your name. That is my prayer. This is what I am asking of you. I will hear and answer your prayers. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, it is the desire of my heart to come to know and love and follow and serve you. Use your word to give me the desire and strength and power to go and do what you are commanding me. Every day I want to live and walk just as you lived and walked. Amen
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