I thumbed through Randy Sprinkle’s book, Follow Me: Lessons for Becoming a Prayer Walker. This quote caught my attention: “…[your] perspective determines [your] response (53).” As I wrestle with this theme of intimacy and desiring to know and understand God better, my perspective of God is constantly growing and changing. My understanding of him is broad but includes that he can do anything, is more powerful than anything, cares about me, knows my needs before I ask, and desires an intimate relationship with me…..this list can become endless. Since I believe that he is mightier than any issue I lay before him, I can have confidence in my prayer talks with him.
Eric Bolger, in his book Journey into Intercession, writes, “…we can’t separate our prayers from our understanding of who God is. To pray apart from such understanding is to fail to pray according to God’s character.” This causes for reflection. If I understand who God is, then my prayers are informed by that understanding. No wonder God desires intimate relationship–he wants our prayers to be informed by our understanding of who he is. This only fuels my strive for a deeper level of intimacy.
As I know him better, my view of him becomes clearer. It’s like having poor vision, and being given a pair of prescription glasses. The right prescription can give you perfect vision. I haven’t quite reached 20/20 vision yet, but I’m getting there. As I get closer to understanding him, the fog clears. God is interactive in that as I’m striving for closeness, he responds by coming closer to me (James 4:8). My perspective of God changes and is perfected as I strive for intimacy with him.