Tonight, I know many of you are fighting silent despair because your personal relationship with the Lord isn't what you want it to be, yet you don't know how to make it better. As one partner told me, "I talk to people who have such a wonderful relationship with the Lord. But, why, after all these years of reading my Bible every night, don't I have this? At times, I'm not even sure I know Him."
People in Jesus' day faced the same problem, and He talked about it. He said, "You search and investigate and pore over the Scriptures diligently, because you suppose and trust that you have eternal life through them. And these (very Scriptures) testify about Me! And still you are not willing (but refuse) to come to Me, so that you might have life" (John 5:39-40, AMP).
Although it may sound harsh, Jesus was telling them that there's a vast difference between merely reading His Word night after night and actually coming to Him with their whole heart. It's similar to the difference between getting to know about someone through reading his book and getting together with him in person.
Tonight, ask the Lord to show you how to come to Him with an open heart as if He were your closest friend. As the psalmist said, "Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us" (Psalm 62:8, NKJV). Learn to do this and just watch your new love relationship spring to life! There will be no doubt that You know Him then!
God loves you and wants to answer your prayer. Say this prayer with me:
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me Jesus as my closest Friend. Teach me to come to Him, not only through the Scriptures, but with my whole heart as well. For, as I do this, I know that a fresh, new relationship will spring forth. How I praise you for this new dimension of closeness, vitality and love. In Jesus' Name, Amen.