It was a surprise when I recently grasped how much I really didn’t know about intercession. It’s not that I thought so highly of myself, but I had a fair amount of instruction, time, and experience with the Lord in prayer and intercession. I know quite a bit more now than I used to, but in a head-on collision of my knowledge with God’s, guess whose fell dramatically short – basically to the measure of infinitesimal?
The early ’97 journal entry I read while working on my book indicated that the Lord was preparing me for a time of intense intercession. That was His phrase, not mine. I thought, then, that I knew what He meant by it. Now, reading it 13 years later, I know what He meant. It was not total lack of knowledge that was my problem then, but not even knowing I lacked the knowledge I needed – that there was so much more to know – so I didn’t ask the Lord for further direction or clarification. Even the increased knowledge I have now, which helps me understand what He was saying then, is minuscule in comparison with His eternally infinite knowledge.
Equally amazing is this same truth at work in every other part of my walk with Christ. No matter how long I walk with Him, and no matter how many hours I spend in study, regardless of the topic, His wisdom and knowledge is profoundly beyond what I can ever know about anything! (The word omniscient comes to mind.)
I find this absolutely freeing! Don’t we talk about relying on Christ alone? About having the mind of Christ? About trusting Christ? My reliance and trust are not to be in what I know, for it will always be lacking. It’s His knowledge I need, and He is willing to give it, if I will only ask, whatever the issue: prayer, the love walk, healing, etc.
1 Corinthians 8:2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. NIV
Now I know what I need to know for any situation: I simply need to know and rest in the One Who knows all, the One Who lives in me – Jesus Christ.