Thank you for giving us the perfect Savior in the person of Jesus Christ your Son. Help us to always be ready to obey him, even when we are not sure where obedience will lead. And allow us, through this process to develop greater intimacy with you.
Then Father, when we look at the religious leaders, we realize that we may be in that position today in relation to others. Help us to always be an encouragement to those who need to grow in their faith. Help us further to make it easier for those who don’t know you to come to know you personally.
Help us to be stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks to other people’s faith.
Our God desires closeness – intimacy – in our relationship with Him, yet all too often we desire to hold Him at a distance. Why is that?
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” – Psalms 34:18 (NKJV)
Sometimes it’s probably that we just don’t like being all that close with anybody, in which case we’re treating God like that neighbor next door or that coworker that we normally avoid talking to. Most of us have family and “friends” (Can we still call them that?) with whom we haven’t spoken in years, and yet we still consider these relationships intact. The space between us and God may be unintentional, but let’s face it: The Savior of our souls both desires and deserves better treatment. We need to humbly draw near to Him.
At other times the root cause of our distance from God is more serious. It was after Adam sinned that he hid himself the moment he heard the Lord coming. Our sin creates a similar separation.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God;and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” – Isaiah 59:2 (NKJV)
The only way back is through repentance and a deliberate drawing near. We need to get closer to Him intentionally:
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” – James 4:8a (NKJV)