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Jesus himself taught us to seek intimacy with God through private prayer. Prayer is where the worshiper pours out his heart to God. And Jesus Himself stressed the importance of private prayer: "when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret" Matthew He was confronting the practice of the Pharisees, who loved to pray publicly, for show. Jesus was not teaching that prayers should never be offered publicly, for there are obviously times when Scripture calls us to corporate prayer.
But the true Christian seeking intimacy with God will pray most often, and most fervently, in private.
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The true audience of all our prayers is God Himself. And if we understood what an incomprehensible privilege it is to be invited to come boldly before His throne of grace, we would surely spend more time there, pouring out our most intimate thoughts, fears, desires, and expressions of love to Him. Jesus said to the disciples, "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you" John Thus Christ Himself made obedience to Him an absolute requirement for true spiritual intimacy.
Let no one claim intimacy with Christ whose life is marked by disobedience rather than submission to Him. Those who refuse to obey Christ as Lord cannot claim to know Him as a friend. Scripture plainly declares that He is Lord of all Acts , and He is therefore entitled to demand our allegiance to His Lordship. As a matter of fact, those who withhold that allegiance are His enemies, not His intimates cf. James That's why true intimacy with Him is utterly impossible without unconditional surrender to His divine authority. Again, this takes the matter of intimacy with Christ out of the realm of the mystical and defines it in terms that are intensely practical.
Returning to Philippians , we note once again what kind of intimacy with Christ Paul was seeking: "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death. Of course, we easily understand why Paul wanted a share in the power of Christ's resurrection. But why did the apostle desire to know the fellowship of Christ's sufferings and be conformed to His death? We can be certain that Paul had no perverse love of pain and suffering.
Elsewhere he testified how he repeatedly besought the Lord to deliver him from a "messenger of Satan" that was like a thorn under his skin 2 Corinthians In the midst of that experience Paul discovered that God's grace is sufficient to see us through all our sufferings.
Inner and Outer Freedom
Moreover, God's strength is made perfect in our weakness 2 Corinthians God gives a special measure of grace to those whom He calls to endure suffering. In a familiar passage in the Beatitudes, Jesus said this about suffering:. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you Matthew There is a special blessedness known only to those who suffer for Christ's sake. Those who would desire true intimacy with Him must be willing to endure what He endured.
Add all those things together to get the full picture: True intimacy with Christ involves suffering, obedience, much prayer, a good knowledge of God's Word, and a life of faith. Notice that those are not advanced skills for second-level Christians.
They are the most elementary issues of the Christian life. That underscores the truth that intimacy with Christ is not some sort of mystical secret. It is the whole point of our life in Christ. Indeed, it is the chief end for which we were created: to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
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