The Word Weaver
Inviting you to know & embrace Jesus Christ
Deb Weaver
Prayer Focus: Grasping Love
by The Word Weaver, Deb on September 30th, 2017

​“Yeah, yeah, I know.”  

But do I? 

It’s easy to forget that there are various stages and depths of knowing something.  I'm tempted to respond to important parts of life as if I’ve already been there, done this, or know that.  When I react in those ways, I lose out on the rich process of truly, experientially knowing more, wanting to know more.  Of thirsting for more.  And then of being satiated by more.  

Let's consider an example:

​I may have a mental understanding of a large body of water like one of the Great Lakes or the ocean.  I could read about it, view photos of it, or appreciate someone else’s stories about it; thereby mentally knowing about it.  

But...

​It’s an entirely different kind of knowing, though, if I’ve had this experience in Lake Michigan:   

It’s early June and the water temperature is just above freezing. There are no icebergs in sight though it feels like there should be. I work up the courage to dip my toes into the surf.  A wave splashes me, and I squeal.  I wade out further, feeling my knees go numb.

I scan the horizon, in awe of the majesty and of not being able to see the other side of land.  Blue beauty as far as I can see. 

Then I watch a wave approaching.  It’s impressive in size, but I’m sure I can handle it.  I brace my feet in the sand. It increases in size and power.
Before I understand what is actually happening, the wave has toppled and flipped me underneath the surf.  My body is slammed to the gritty bottom of the lake before it floats back to the surface. 



​(Photo courtesy of Andrea Mosley, UpNorth Crazy Photography.  It's a gorgeous shot of the icy waves at Grand Marias, Lake Superior)

I find my footing and emerge soaked and sputtering. 

Oh, so THAT’S what swimming in the Great Lakes is like!  Now, I know and understand more.

​Experiential knowledge surpasses surface knowledge.  Every time.  Scripture tells us this too.  
​Consider Ephesians 3: 16-19-- "I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." (NIV)  

Indwelling
Being rooted & established
Wielding power
Grasping
Knowing

These phrases denote personal, experiential learning and growing.  We can't just hear about God's love and the relationship He invites us into.  We must finger these truths ourselves.  They must be driven down into our being through the work of God in our experiences and responses. 

God longs for us to know--to really know--Him for ourselves.  
​On one level, I've known for most of my life that God loves me.  I’ve sung it since I was little,  “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know.”  People have reminded me of it throughout life.  I’ve even read it over and over in the Bible.

It’s taken a long time, however, to begin to experientially and deeply grasp—to really know for myself—that God loves me.  But He really does.  Not just when I’m doing the good stuff.  Not in spite of the crappy stuff.  All the time.

He. Loves. Me. 

He gets a kick out of me!  Out of you! 

I’m sputtering in the wonder of it! 

And I want to venture out further into the depths of His great and everlasting presence to experience it more because there’s so much more that He wants to show me.  I want to know Him more.

Don’t you? 

Then please join me this coming month, praying that we not only understand but also experience the love of God more. 

Heavenly Father,

Your love encompasses far more than we may ever understand.  You love us unconditionally, undeservingly, unchangingly.  You love us completely, in full knowledge of who we are, what we have done, and what we’ve left undone.  Your great love changes our everything. 

Open our eyes to it.  Immerse us in it.  Flush out the areas of shame and sin that keep us from You.  Show us areas where we’re grasping things that cannot possibly fill us and we're casting aside Your love.  Pour Your healing light and love into our deepest crevices and worst fears.  Transform our hearts, our countenances, our lives.

May we recognize, accept, and revel in Your personal, powerful love.  May we begin to deeply believe what Your Word tells us about it.  May we lift our eyes and hearts, humbly stepping forward with open arms to fully receive it.  

And as Your fullness and the wholeness of Your presence, love, grace, and truth fill us, may we then sincerely share, out of the overflow of our hearts, this amazing Love with everyone in whose path we step. 

In the precious Name of our Savior, Your Son Jesus,

Amen. 


Posted in Prayer Focus    Tagged with Prayer, Great Lakes, Waves, God's Love, Knowing, Ephesians, Experiential Growth, Faith


2 Comments

Raymond D Smith - October 1st, 2017 at 8:10 PM
Beautiful...What a powerful prayer, from the depth of your heart. God bles
Deb Weaver - November 1st, 2017 at 5:21 PM
Thanks, Ray. I think it's something the Father wants for all of us. Oh, that we may grasp His love more!
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