That We May Know You More and More
This morning I opened up my Bible and turned to Psalm 123. I got one or two verses in and then realized that I didn’t even pray to ask for help as if I can just see glory on my own accord. Once I came to my senses I used Ephesians 1:17–23 as a prayer. Brothers and sisters, I cannot commend the practice of praying the Scriptures enough in times of abundance and doubly so, in times of need (Phil 4:12). Consider reasons 7 and 8 from this helpful article from Andy Naselli on why we should pray Scripture. We should pray Scripture because it is entirely truthful and because it helps us pray confidently. Andy writes, “Since Scripture is entirely truthful, you should pray confidently when you pray Scripture. It’s safe, secure, firm ground. You don’t need to wonder, “Is this a good thing or a bad thing to pray?” He explains further that it gives us confidence because “Scripture expresses God’s will, God’s character, and God’s promises.” In other words, we know we are praying for what our Father wants. In this light, consider the first verse in Ephesians 1:17–23: 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. In the NIV this verse ends with: that you may know him better. Would this prayer fill our mouths in these days Jubilee! Father, give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that we may know you more and more! Let’s take our cue from Paul and not just pray this for ourselves but for one another. Consider only one of the many results that come from our Father, who is pleased to answer this prayer. Psalm 9:9–10 reads, “The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.” There is nothing in this world that is substantial ground for our trust to stand on, and yet we must put our trust somewhere. The only solid rock on which our faith can stand is our Triune God, and yet only those that know him rightly place their trust in him. If I am struggling with trust, one reason might be that I have lost sight of who the Father of glory is. How then, ought I to pray that he would, through His Spirit, help me know him more and more?
Praying this for you,
P.S. These two songs are fueling my soul these days!
1. How Deep the Father’s Love For Us (Austin Stone Version) —Why should I gain from his reward?
2. NEVER FAIL (Da T.R.U.T.H) — I know the feelings fade but you never fail!