A Glimpse

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

This is part of a prayer that every one of us can benefit from. Obviously there are things about our Savior that are only revealed through the Spirit of God. Or there are things written in Scripture that are illuminated when we ask for wisdom and revelation. In any event, it is possible to know Jesus better.

When I was a new Believer, I met a simple man of God who was very wise and a prayer warrior. I heard his prayer once that he would “get a glimpse” of God’s glory. I asked him about why he didn’t pray for more than a glimpse. “Son, I do get a glimpse of His glory on occasion, and let me tell you I am on the ground shielding my face because I can’t take it, it’s so powerful. I have to plead for him to go away because I can’t take it. I can’t even imagine what a double dose of that looks like, let alone his full glory.”

For my friend, getting to know Jesus better caused him to revise his prayers and really consider what he was praying. It also gave him a new understanding of the Glory of God and just how sinful he was in the shadow of that Glory. Getting to know Him better doesn’t have be as dramatic but it could be. Or it could be as simple as the “aha” moment you experience when you finally understand a passage you’ve read a hundred times. You get a glimpse of his illuminating power.

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