Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Prayer

Father,
You have been so good to us in allowing us to get to know You. That, after all, is the heart of the Gospel, that we are able to get to know You.

But there is so much about You that we don't know. And so, we ask that You would make it possible for us to get to know You better.

We ask, Father, that we would get to know Your power. You are the God who can do anything. Nothing is impossible for you. Father, our prayers would be dramatically changed, they would become so much bolder for Your kingdom, if we were to get to know Your power better. We ask that You make that happen.

We ask, Father, that we would get to know Your holiness. You are the very definition of what is good and right. Our understanding of such things is so small. And that affects how we live. But if we got to know Your holiness better we'd be better able to choose what is good and right in the challenging situations that confront us day after day. We ask that You make that happen.

We ask, Father, that we would get to know Your wrath. You are the God who hates certain things, and You do that with a perfect hatred. But that is a part of who You are that we don't know at all well. And so, it is easy for us to hate the wrong things and to love the wrong things. But if we got to know Your wrath better we could guide our affections so much better. We ask that You make that happen.

We ask, Father, that we would get to know Your compassion. You are the God who is so sympathetic and gentle to people who are hurting so. It is too easy for us to become impatient with the hurting or even to become angry with them. But if we could grasp Your compassion, we could do better at imitating You, being gentle like You, in a world filled with hurting people. We ask that You make that happen.

We ask, Father, that we would get to know Your wisdom. You are the God who always chooses what is best. We find ourselves so often confused by what You do. And this is simply because we don't understand what wisdom really is, what Your wisdom really is. But if we could have a better sense of Your wisdom we could understand better what You're doing, and we could work with You instead of against You. We ask that You make that happen.

We thank You, Father, that we will have an eternity to get to know You well. That is something that we look forward to. But in the mean time we ask that You would help us to do whatever it is that we need to do so that we can get to know You better. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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