Paul’s Prayer (Ephesians 3)
14 This, then, is what I pray, kneeling before the Father, 15 from whom every family, in heaven or on earth, takes its name.16 Out of his infinite glory, may he give you the power through his Spirit for your hidden self to grow strong,
The “hidden self” mentioned by Paul is present only in those who have accepted Christ. As such, the word “relationship” could be substituted with little loss of meaning.
Developing a relationship takes time.
No time for a relationship=a very distant relationship.
Lots of time for a relationship=a very close relationship.
I have two beliefs:
1. Our relationship with God is more important to him than it is to us.
a. In any healthy family, a mother or father’s relationship with their children is more important TO the parent, but is more important FOR the children.
b. The parent will make a conscious effort to nurture a healthy relationship with the child. The primary benefactor in that relationship, however, is not the parent; it’s the child.
2. Spiritually speaking, our relationship with God is more important TO God than it is to us, but it’s more important FOR us than it is for God, for we are the primary benefactors.
While there’s a lot more to a relationship with God than prayer and Bible reading, without prayer and the Bible, we don’thavea relationship with God. I’ve found it most helpful to set aside a quiet time each day for these two things. Whether this is the same time each day or not, the most important thing is to not get legalistic about but to be relational about it. God wants to know us and he wants us to know him.