As we follow Anne Graham Lotz with Pursuing More of Jesus we realize that it’s something we ‘d like to continue the rest of our lives. Why stop pursuing more of his Voice, Courage, Spirit and Glory? Are we too busy for this, too confused by God’s word, or too interested in outside things? Certainly, television and shopping and family and good friends are more important than getting to KNOW Jesus!
As children, we had more time for Jesus with our daily prayers, Sunday school, and quite conversations with God. As adults, we claim busyness of our jobs, education, families, health and friends. Yet when we invest our time in these things, how do we find intimacy with Jesus? If you feel lacking in intimacy with God, then this is the time to notice your priorities and adjust your purpose.
When Jesus died at the end of a life serving God, he said “it is finished.” He left us with his voice, his word, his actions and his love. What will you do with this gift?
Today’s Scripture Verse
I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. John 17:13-19
Father, you came into this world and revealed yourself as man so we may KNOW Jesus. Drive us to our knees as we find intimacy in prayer, Bible study, devotions, and worship. Give back the innocence of our childhood, where we made you a priority and found comfort in your voice. Protect us from the evil one as he distracts us from your purpose and intimacy. Be real to us Father, and begin to change our life purpose in a direction that is pleasing to you as we continue to pursue more of Jesus throughout our lives. Amen.
Complete pages 70-71 in the workbook.
Jesus shows intimacy with God through his prayer in these scripture verses. What does intimacy with God mean to you? How do you feel when you read today’s verse? Please share your thoughts today.