Jul 13, 2017

People ask God for different things. From tiling of floors to instantaneous healing of leg paralysis and everything in between - new tenants, breakthrough in pizza business, hitting of sales quota, funds to support one’s parents financially, healing of a relative’s brain tumor, to move to another country, protection from bullies in school, to become more disciplined - the list goes on and on.

The good news is that we can rest in the truth that God cares enough to hear our prayers. But a common theme I find in Scriptures is that God answers our prayers (albeit differently sometimes from our expectations) and then, He gives a reason for answering our prayers.

His motive for answering our prayers is to make Himself known to us.

..I will deliver them into your hand today, and you shall know that I am the LORD.

..I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.

..This happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.

Sadly, this second part is usually ignored and left forgotten when prayers have been answered. Very commonly, our focus is only on getting our prayers answered and going back to business as usual as quickly as possible.

Oftentimes, we don’t get to the point of asking God why He wants us to know Him in the first place. We don’t get to wonder why God seems to be so obsessed with being known by us.

The beautiful truth about God is that He doesn’t want us to simply know ABOUT Him that He is a God who’s able and willing to answer our prayers. He doesn’t want us to stop there. He wants us to know Him and to really know Him intimately.

There’s a huge difference between knowing ABOUT God and truly knowing God. It is one thing to know facts about someone but it’s another thing to know someone closely. The latter means having a relationship with the person.

But why does God want us to know Him? It’s because our life depends on it.

Whether you like it or not, whether you’re a believer or an atheist staunchly arguing for the non-existence of God, you will still inevitably come to a point (on your deathbed or in a time of desperation) where you will have to contend with the fact that you don’t have all the answers and that you need help.

And you will come face to face with your inadequacy.

And hopefully, in your inadequacy, you will have the humility to ask God to make Himself known to you.

And once He does, you will understand that knowing Him or having a relationship with Him is the greatest gift of all and it’s way better than getting your prayers answered.

May you know Jesus today, that you may receive the gift of eternal life..

And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. John 17:3 ESV


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