“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” – Ephesians 1:17
One of our prayer points this week is to ask God for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, this comes from Paul’s prayer for the Church at Ephesus in Ephesians 1. Over the last 12 months, this scripture has marked me and become a frequent part of my prayer life, praying it over my own life and yours, that we, our church, would have the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that we may know Jesus better!
While I’m pretty certain that we’ll never fully grasp all there is to know or understand about God, I am sure that we can get to know Him better. In fact, I believe it’s part of God’s desire for our life that we grow in our knowledge of Him. That’s why we’re fasting – to know Jesus better!
As we embark on these 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting we can be believing to see many take place; restoration of relationships, breakthroughs in finances, healing and deliverance – whether for our own lives, or for others we know, and while these are all great things, our first motive in fasting shouldn’t be about what we can get from God, rather how much more of God we can get.
At our first Power Prayer Night of the year last week, one of our great team prayed “Lord, let us be people that seek your face first before we seek your hand”. This is a key principle in prayer.
God, our good Father, has a desire to give us great gifts, but He doesn’t work like a magic genie! His desire is to be in relationship with us. If we only ever seek His hand but never His face it’s unlikely we’ll always see all of our requests met, but if we come with a humble, hungry, pure heart, desiring Him, this is where breakthrough comes.
But that’s the key, we must come with a humble, hungry and pure heart. This is where fasting helps us. As we put down the desires of our flesh, it helps us to realise more and more how much we need God. Just like we would go to the fridge when we are physically hungry, the design of the fast is that we go to God when we are spiritually (and naturally!) hungry.
So today, in the early days of the fast, let’s realign our hearts and motives to seek God’s face, asking Him daily for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that at the end of these 21 days we may know Him better.