Knowing God

By Dave Henning / December 10, 2014

“For through him (Christ) we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.”- Ephesians 2:18

As Timothy Keller concludes Chapter 3 of Prayer, he emphasizes that prayer can be much more than superficial conversation (where there isn’t much self-disclosure) with God.  Some conversations go deep.  That happens when we reveal not just information but our very selves.  Prayer then becomes a personal encounter and true connection with God.

J. I. Parker writes of this dynamic experience in his famous work, Knowing God:

“Knowing God is a matter of personal dealing. . . . Knowing God is more than knowing about him; it is a matter of dealing with him as he opens up to you, and being dealt with by him. . . . We must not lose sight of the fact that knowing God is an emotional relationship, as well as an intellectual and volitional one, and could not indeed be a deep relationship between persons if it were not so.”

It is possible, Pastor Keller states, to be content in life despite our circumstances.  But this is possible only through prayer.  As our knowledge of God becomes more true through the power of the Holy Spirit, our prayers become more fruitful and our life is transformed.  As we pray in Jesus’ name, prayer becomes an intimate conversation with God.  Therein lies the power of prayer.

Today’s question: How has knowing God deepened your prayer life as your revitalize and revision your calling?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Communion with God”

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