Invitation to Intimacy
Have you ever read a child’s prayer or heard a child praying? They are not looking for huge words to impress somebody. They do not use complex theology to decide what to ask of God. Their talk is simple and straightforward. There is innocence. I like hearing children pray. Just like children, when people first come to Christ there is a freshness and simplicity to their relationship with God. But we educated, long-time Christians so often have lost that innocence. We have grown up now and forgotten how to stand speechless, weeping in His presence. We are now self-conscious of others around us. Raising hands, gazing up, kneeling are things we evaluate before we respond. We may come to understand more. But even when we don’t have those same emotions, those tears that flow easily, may our knowledge of the Lord still be deep enough that our trust in Him is simple and child-like. May we wonder and stand amazed.
There are people who have walked with God a long time yet never understand the deep reality of knowing Him personally. They have never been changed by an encounter with the Lord. They can talk and explain and rationalize. They have all the answers, but something is missing. There is an abundance of knowledge but a lack of knowledge of God Himself. What is missing is the love relationship. The intimacy that you maintain with the Lord is what becomes the driving force. This is the engine on the inside that keeps you going—praying, fasting, working or meditating. The solution is not to kick yourself continually and say to yourself, “I am a fool. I am not spiritual.” No. The answer is to carry about in your heart the supreme priority of continually getting to know the Lord.
God helps the blind to see. He feeds the hungry. He heals the sick. But we have to be honest and humbly admit our condition—our nakedness, our blindness and our spiritual poverty. Those who claim to be healthy will never seek the great Physician. In Revelation 3 Jesus speaks to the church of Laodicea. “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see” (Revelation 3:17-18). In the same way, I would encourage you to be a child again. Be wild and real, humble and honest.