Have you ever prayed to God, asking for more of Him?
I have. And I don’t say this in a pretentious way, as if it increases my spirituality; I bring this up because, recently, God has been consistently reminding me about such prayers in my life.
“God, help me to understand the price of the cross”
“God, help me to love you more”
“God, use me; let me serve you”
In the past 1.5 years of college, I have learned so much about God. In an academic setting, walking with professors who share my faith and are so knowledgable in their field has been incredibly enlightening. From science professors who praise the creator’s masterpiece, to anthropology professors who find their strength and hope in God through the reality of inequality and suffering on this earth, my understanding of God has expanded so much.
I am surprised at myself…how I am overflowing with joy and excitement when I think about who God is and what He has done for us. The gospel is enough. And when I catch myself being surprised, I sense the Holy Spirit bringing me back to the times where I was on my knees, begging for Him to help me understand. Or maybe even when I nonchalantly asked that my friends would pray that I would love God more.
I am convinced that there might just be nothing more beautiful to God than when one of His children desires to know more of Him.
I am reminded of this verse:
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Mat 7:9-11)
We can ask for a good job. We can ask for a good husband or wife. We can ask for a prosperous life. But what good is that if God does not come with us? It is easy for God to give us things. God told Moses that He would give the Israelites the promised land, but He would not follow them. And what was Moses’ response? He said, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here” (Exodus 33:15).
Moses knew the value of the presence of the Almighty God. Everything is meaningless without Him. I believe that God wants us to follow this example.
I hope that the prayers of every Christian would be filled with “Lord, help me to know you more” because it is truly, truly wonderful and sweet.