Lately, my prayer for myself and for just about everyone I encounter has been: “Lord, give us a greater revelation of your love.” Paul, after writing most of his letters, prayed something similar: “I want to know you and the power of your resurrection.” The word “know” Paul used was the same word used to describe intimacy between a husband and a wife.
Why this prayer? I believe intimacy with God and a revelation of His love is the absolute cure for all that ails us. Knowing Him, knowing His reckless love eradicates our fears, eliminates insecurities, extinguishes shame and condemnation. Knowing His love emboldens us to walk in our destinies and to do the work of the Kingdom, imparts freedom to those around us, and empowers us to love those who are different, those who are rejected, those who are unlovable. A greater revelation of His love will silence spirits of rejection, oppression, depression.
So, yeah. I’m praying what Paul prayed. I want to know Him. I want to get all up in His business. I want intimacy with Him. I want heart knowledge of His resurrection and the power that lives in me. I want to be free of fear, of doubt, of shame. I want faith to know I’m accepted. I want spirits of rejection, depression, and oppression to not even come near my dwelling because I am so full of God’s love. I want to love others as I am loved. I want a greater revelation of His love! I want intimacy with Christ! That’s my prayer. That is my heart’s desire. Will you make it yours as well?
“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,”
Philippians 3:10 NIV