How do you know God?
Do you know God just through a personal relationship? Do you know God because you’ve been saved? Do you know God because of what you hear on TV? Or what your friends say?
For most of us, the way we know God is through rumor and gossip. Are those words too strong? I don’t think so.
Most of us have not spent any time working at our relationship with God. We haven’t put in time reading the Bible. Because of that we don’t really know God. We might know about him. But we don’t really know who he is. We have to put time in with prayer. I know that it sounds like work. And there’s a reason for that. It’s because it is work!
There is serious danger in not anchoring your faith by reading the Bible and through prayer. Dan Edelen who writes Cerulean Sanctum (one of the blogs in my weekly reading list) points out, “I learned a great lesson that day. Every Christian wants to jump straight to the third heaven, everyone wants to move in power, everyone wants to be a great saint, but next to none want to lay the actual groundwork that will get them to that place.”
I believe that we don’t need a perfect theology or a perfect prayer life to know Jesus. Bible thumping is not the point of all this. But I’ve also learned that the only way I can really come to know Jesus is by reading about his life (the Bible) and talking to him (prayer).
If I don’t have those two things, along with my relationship, then I quickly find myself drifting away from God. The world is too good at pulling you away from God to not have an anchor firmly attached to the Bible and prayer.