For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, Colossians 1:9-10 (NIV)
Is it your earnest desire to know me? Yes Lord, it is. At one time you just knew of me. Yes, and you used that little bit of knowledge to draw me to you. Yes, I did. Now, it isn’t enough for you to know of me, is it? No, it is not. Where do you think your desire to know me comes from? This burning desire in me to know you comes from you. It is your Holy Spirit living inside of me that is fanning the flame of my desire for you. Yes, that’s right.
How do you think you will grow to know me more intimately? First of all I know that we are in complete agreement on my desire to know you. What do you mean by that? You want me to know you. You will not hide yourself from me? No, I will not. As I walk with you through life you will continue to help me to know you. Yes, I will. When we talk together about all that I am experiencing in life I will grow to know you more intimately. Yes, you will. When I meet with you in your word, you will show yourself to me. I will come to more clearly understand your will and your ways. Yes, you will. You will help me to live in ways that are worthy of Christ. You will show me what pleases you. Yes, I will. It won’t be enough to know what pleases you. No, it will not. You will give me the power of your Holy Spirit to both know and do your will. Yes, I will. I could never know you or do your will with my own knowledge or strength. I will rely on your Holy Spirit to teach and guide me through life. It pleases me that you know that you cannot know, follow and serve me by your own human efforts.
Is there any other way that you can think of how you will grow to know me more intimately? Yes, there is one. Tell me about it. As I serve you, I will know you more intimately. You will use me to bear fruit for your kingdom and glory. Yes, I will. You will give me tasks that are too large for me to handle on my own. Yes I will, you can count on it. Those God sized assignments will cause me to rely on you for all your help. Yes, they will. That’s a very good thing. Yes, it is. As I rely on you to accomplish your purposes through my life, I will come to know you more intimately. Yes, you will.
Does knowing me, walking in my ways and being used by me sound easy to you? No, it does not. But, I am very thankful that you have given me the desire to know you despite the challenges that lie just ahead. I am ready to follow you wherever you lead me. That’s very good.
Lord, help me to know you. Fill me with the knowledge of your will. Give me spiritual wisdom and understanding. Help me to live a life that is pleasing to you. Bear fruit through my life. I’m praying this prayer for myself and for those you bring into my life. Amen
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