Wednesday Januray 26, 2011
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"Getting To Know God Better"

Getting To Know God Better is the result of you hearing what God says to you in scripture like He hears what you say to Him in prayer. Scripture is God telling you about His past, present, and future needs and prayer is you telling Him yours.

Prayer is simply a discussion with God and it leads to you two knowing each other better. When you are better acquainted you are able to share the needs and desires that you both have. It’s a win/win situation!

Col. 4:3 KJV shows prayer opening a door of utterance, a door that when opened exposes the mystery of Christ:

Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

When praying you must understand that the mystery of Christ is you recognizing that His relationship with you is just as important as the relationship you have with Him. Getting To Know God Better requires you knowing that God has feelings that affect Him in the same way that your feelings affect you. Understanding this frees you from your bonds, bonds that distance you from Him.

This understanding makes it possible for you to talk with God instead of talking at Him and Psalm 88:2 KJV heads you in that direction:

Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;

God hearing your cry (prayer) and you hearing His Word shows you Getting To Know Him Better.

Has not hearing His Word ever been a problem for you? If so, yours is minor compared to those Jeremiah 13:10 KJV addresses; they find themselves walking in the imagination of their own hearts and refusing to listen:

This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.

Walking after other gods ties God’s hands and unless those doing it change their ways, they will never know Him.

Without God in your heart, Getting To Know Him Better fades. Yet in Rev. 3:20 KJV you see God moving His desire to receive you to the top of His list:

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Hearing His Voice is the key as communication walks you through the door He has opened for you to supp with Him.

John 14:17 KJV shows not seeing Him as not knowing Him:


Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

Dwelling and supping with God has to become a habit and as you can see, there is work to do; Getting To Know God Better is a deliberate step that you take.

Understanding scripture is work and Getting To Know God Better is the result of this.

How important is it for you to know God better? Do you feel the need and when you talk to Him, do you recognize that like you, God has needs too?


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