Praying to Know Him More

Ephesians 1:17 — “[I pray] that you may know Him more…”

It seems that most of our prayers are centered around two things:

1) Our own (usually physical) well-being. Example: “Lord, be with Joe’s 98-year-old grandma who is in the hospital, and heal her and give her many more years on this earth.” Or, if we’re feeling bold and sharing our emotional problems, it’s something more like, “God, I’m really stressed, just help me to relax.”

2) What we want. Example: “Lord, I desperately need a new car, please provide.” “Father, help me ace this test.” “God, make him ask me out!”

Not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with those prayers. I’ve prayed them myself. But the problem with that is that we’re making prayer all about us, when prayer is about a relationship with God. So what better request is there than what Paul prayed for the Ephesians?

Materialism is such a deeply ingrained part of our culture that it has infiltrated our faith. We want, we need, we deserve. But God must love answering the prayer, “Let me know You more, Father.” How it must touch His heart when His children ask only for more of Him!

Try setting everything aside just to talk to God about your relationship with Him. Ask Him to be with you. Ask Him to reveal more of Himself to you. Pray for Him to use you as an instrument of revival wherever you are… and see if it doesn’t change your life.

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