Needing … and Knowing


“Lord, I need You.”

Four words. So true. Hugely significant.

God gently inspired this prayer during dawn’s creeping hours. While I’ve prayed it before, somehow the meaning impacted me more profoundly today. As I sleeplessly tossed and turned, praying, “Lord, I trust You,” additional words suddenly formed another prayer: “Lord, I need You.” Oh, how desperately I need Him with every breath I breathe…

  • As a wife
  • As a mom
  • As a daughter, sister, friend
  • In the ordinary
  • In the spectacular
  • In the farthest reaches of my heart
  • Physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally
  • When I’m alone
  • When I’m surrounded
  • While I ponder and meditate
  • While I interact and communicate
  • Literally every moment of life

Psalm 16:11 eloquently reads, “Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; In Thy presence is fulness of joy; In Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.”

In order to to truly live,  to experience joy and pleasure, we need God. We need His presence and the strength of His right hand. We need to understand the path of life–eternal life–which immediately begins when we trust Christ as our Savior.

‘And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.'” John 17:3

Often I’ve considered eternal life in the context of quantity. My dear husband, however, has helped me comprehend it’s more about quality rather than quantity. Eternal life involves knowing God now. Today matters.

  • While we fulfill responsibilities and engage in pleasurable activities … are we experiencing God and witnessing His hand? We need Him.
  • As we read our Bibles and pray … are we grasping more of His marvelous character and receiving His tender touch? We need Him.

Certainly, knowing God includes more than an academic, religious head-knowledge–He desires that we know Him personally, experientially, intimately. Astoundingly God seeks relationship with us … because HE. IS. LOVE. This truth alone causes joy to flow within me.

Friend, do you know Him? First, as your Savior–then, so much more! Will you get to know Him more today by reading His holy Word and talking to Him in prayer? Patiently, lovingly, incredibly, He’s waiting … for you.

‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.'” Rev. 3:20

We need the Lord … and we need to know Him.

Note: For an excellent Bible study tool, try reading the Bible chronologically with this incredibly helpful reading plan.

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