Dear Lord Jesus, I long to know You more and more and have a deep yearning in my soul to draw closer to You, Lord. I know so much about You, Your birth in Bethlehem, Your ministry to hurting and oppressed people, Your crucifixion, burial and resurrection and your present ministry, where You are seated on the right hand of the Father in heaven. But Lord, I want to know You personally and intimately and to be identified with You in every area of my life.
Help me I pray to identify with You. To identify with Your death, so that I may die to self and live in newness of life. Lord, it was Paul that prayed, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering, and being conformed to His death,” and Lord, I pray that too. And what is more Lord, I also want to be able to say with him, “that I consider everything loss for the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”
Help me day by day to grow in grace and in a knowledge of You, until I can say, "it is not I that live, but Christ who lives in me." I ask this in His precious name,