16th March 2018

March Prayer Devotion - Knowing God
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Knowing God
‘Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are
— face-to-face! They suddenly recognise that God is a living, personal presence… And when God
is personally present… We’re free…! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with
the brightness of His face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually
becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like Him’
(2 Corinthians 3:16-18 MSG).
Like most Christians, we go through life with a sense that we know God. After all, we’ve read His
Word, have walked with the Lord, and have experienced life with Him. But do we really
know
God?
The delight of the Lord
Throughout Scripture, the message that God delights far more in our efforts to know Him rather than
in any gift we have to offer, occurs repeatedly.
Jeremiah 9:24
reminds us that ‘those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly
know me and understand that I am the LORD who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice
and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things’ (NLT).
Ephesians 3:19
exhorts us ‘to know [practically, through personal experience] the love of Christ,
which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without experience], that you may be filled up [throughout
your being] to all the fullness of God [so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence
in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself]’ (AMP).
Beginning in the garden with Adam and Eve, God demonstrates His desire for us to have a close and
authentic relationship with Him. His ultimate demonstration of this is seen in Jesus’ death on the cross.
And it was this that, following the Fall, provided the means by which we can be reconciled to God.
This painful, compassionate, unsparing act reflects the depth of love and mercy that the Father has
for His children. Not only that, but he sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in us

pouring His truth, love and
life into our hearts.
Become more like Him
It is in
knowing
God that we become more like Him. As we purposefully spend time getting to know
Him through His Spirit and by reading His Word

in stillness and in struggle

we gain wisdom.
Knowing God provides a practical understanding of who He is. It enables us to experience an intimacy
with God that touches our hearts and souls in a way that’s far deeper than just touching our thinking.
Knowing God affects our lives in ways that will last forever.
In moments of crisis when our faith is shaken, or we’re forced to endure difficult circumstances
beyond our control, we often discover a reliance on God and a depth to our relationship with Him.
His promise to never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) becomes tangibly real.
Transformation
But we don’t have to wait for a valley moment to know God more. As we spend time with Him

carefully looking at His way of doing things

we experience His great love and endless grace. His
priorities become ours. What’s important to God becomes important to us.
As we continue to know the Lord more deeply, our hearts and our thinking realign. We grow in our
ability to become His hands and feet

bringing lasting transformation to a broken world, one person
at a time.
The apostle Paul knew the heart of His Saviour. From a place of imprisonment, he shares his own
heart with the church in Ephesus:
‘My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out
all heaven and earth. I ask Him to strengthen you by His Spirit

not a brute strength but a glorious
inner strength

that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite Him in.
‘And I ask Him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers
of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its
length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God’ (Ephesians
3:14-19 MSG).
Please pray

Ask the Lord for a greater hunger to know Him intimately, bringing an even deeper revelation of
who He is that transforms your relationship with Him and with others.

Pray that the light of His love and grace will continue to shine brightly through the work of MAF
as our staff go deeper with Jesus in their daily walk.
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