I woke up with a simple prayer on my heart recently:
Lord, help me to know you better today than I did yesterday.”
This prayer captures the meaning of life itself. Take a moment to pray it with me.
Jesus Himself said John 17:3:
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
If you miss that, you miss life!
In the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon wrote about the futility of making worldly things your sole pursuit. He indulged every fleshly appetite:
And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil, and this was my reward for all my toil.”Ecclesiastes 2:10
You can see Solomon’s reasoning for his indulgence: ”I work hard and I deserve it!” Sound familiar?
Yet, he found no lasting satisfaction in his pursuits. King Solomon concluded the book of Ecclesiastes with this truth:
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:– Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.
For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil.”
To me, “F.E.A.R” God means:
- Acknowledging and
- Respecting God enough to do what He says
This is a response to God’s grace! We obey God because we know Him as our Heavenly Father. We believe He loves us and His plans for us are good!
As the Lord answers the prayer to increase your knowledge of Him, you will embrace each day with excitement and expectation:
”Lord, I wonder how you will show yourself strong in my life today?”
My prayer for every believer in Jesus is that we will know God better each day than we did yesterday. I pray that we experience the Kingdom of God – righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (see Romans 14:17).