That You May Know - Your Daily Forward Devotional

That You May Know

 

January 8


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Read Ephesians 1:15-18

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints...

 

Reflect

Suppose a friend of yours recently accepted Christ as their Savior and asked you, “What now? What comes next?” How would you respond?

 

Recently, one of my sons accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. Obviously, I was overjoyed and excited for him. But I knew that moment was not the end of his journey of faith but only the beginning. Accepting Christ and punching a ticket for heaven is not the only goal. My son has the rest of his life ahead of him. What now? What is the next step in His walk with the Lord?

 

Sadly, many Christians live as if forgiveness of sins and the free gift of salvation is all there is. Once they have accepted Christ, they are happy with what they have, and they just coast to the end.

 

But that is not all Paul wanted for the believers in Ephesus. When he heard of their faith in Jesus and their love toward each other, he was thankful and blessed to hear of it! But then, he prayed that the Holy Spirit would enlighten them. He prayed that the Holy Spirit would open the eyes of their hearts and shed light on the hope that they have in Jesus. He wanted them to understand how rich and full this hope is. He wanted the Holy Spirit to show them just how much God has given them!

 

Paul thanked God when he heard of their initial faith in Jesus. But then he prayed for their spiritual growth. He prayed for the power of the Holy Spirit to be at work in their lives. The Holy Spirit is the agent that reveals the truth of God’s Word to us. The Holy Spirit is the giver of wisdom. The Holy Spirit ensures that we are able to understand the Word of God but also enables us to live it out. The Holy Spirit is the agent of change in our hearts and minds-causing us to grow in the knowledge of God and have a deeper understanding of what God is calling us to do.

 

Friends, I am overjoyed to hear of your faith in Jesus Christ. But know that all of us at Back to the Bible are praying for the Holy Spirit to be active in the lives of all the believers who take part in our ministry. We are praying that the Holy Spirit enlightens you and enables you as you seek to grow spiritually.

 

Pray

Father, I don’t want to just coast to the end. I want to know you more and more. I want to grow in my understanding of the hope you have called me to. I want the Holy Spirit to enlighten me and illuminate the eyes of my heart. Amen.


~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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A convicting message that hit the bullseye 🎯. Thank you for reminding me to pray before opening up all my devotional apps.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful devotional it means so much to me to read everything the good Lord shows me and blessings in my life....
Thank you for this message it had truly bless me
This was such a beneficial message to hear! I will definitely be praying this prayer daily! Thank you for your encouragement! It really does help me.. as I struggle.. to become a seeker and a doer..
WOW thank GOD that He did not leave us as orphans, but HE left us the Holy Spirit to help and guide us along the way of our spiritual growth and maturity. Thanks you GOD! I have found that I cannot do anything without the Holy Spirit's HELP. God bless you!
Wonderful lesson and reminder, God bless you richly.
That has been my quest for thirty years! To be illuminated to the Will of God, but I've had roadblocks at every turn. I've read through five interpretations of the Bible for a clear understanding. I share my revelations only to be rejected!
Thank you Pastor Nat for today's lesson. After hearing you, I realized that I have rarely ever asked God to give me wisdom, an attribute which I so dearly want. Today's message has taught me a great lesson. Thanks much.
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Thank you Pastor Nat for this encouragement, it is time to pray, to God for his wisdom.
Thank you for this Pastor Nat. A strong reminder, when I do not seek understanding I rob myself of what God has done for me in Christ - it does not end there, live it, be the light and salt. Amen.
Amen. I pray for the Holy Spirit to enlighten and guide me always. I also ask that the Holy Spirit work in the hearts of all those outside of the Family of God. And that the Spirit teach and remind me of what is my work and what is the work of the Spirit that I not get in the way of God’s working.
Sherry this is a story of mine as well as many others. It took me 7 years to return back to my first Love who had never left my side but who continued lead me. Father I pray you would reach your Healing hands down upon Josh to open his eyes to see you have always been with him. That Lord you would let your light shine bright within Josh to turn him back to You. Please Father help Josh know that nothing he has done can not be forgiven if he confesses it all giving it to You. Father we Pray you confirm your Love for Josh lift his head back up to You. Please Lord for we believe in your every word, promise and know You will never let Josh go. Father we Thank You and Praise You for hearing our Prayer for Josh and his mother your children. In Jesus Mighty name Amen Sherry remember this verse have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. John:12-46
Amen! Father I pray that my prayer life never gets stale or boring Give wisdom decrement and boldness in doing thy will ! Thank You in Jesus name I pray Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
Heavenly Father We Pray you would lead this your child in your Will, Ways, Path and Perfect Timing. To remember he/she needs "Joy" not happiness, Your "Joy". Please help them to trust in You keep their Faith and Hope in You Oh Lord. We Praise you Father for hearing our Prayer as you have told us where 1,2,3 or more gathering asking in my name My Father will grant. Thank You Lord in Your Will ask and Pray in Jesus name Amen
Father We come to You Praying that you would hear this cry from your child. That you would answer is every request in this Prayer for he, his family and all the darkness that is trying to keep them apart from you Father and each other. Lord Please give these Prayers your Light, Love Foundation so to remind our Brother Torres to let Go, Give and surrender it all to You. In knowing Father You hear him your are alive within him. Please Strengthen His Love, Light in You Oh Lord our God. Remind him he has been set "Free" in You and lead through Your healing hands for each to come to You and back to each other through You. Please Father let him know he is and will never be alone, keep him standing on the solid Rock which is you. Father We ask We Pray we let go give and surrender it all to You. Thank You Lord, in Jesus Mighty Powerful Name Amen
Father whomever this child is they are yours! Please Renew Restore Refresh Strengthen your child in You, speak to their heart, soul, spirit to Light them in you to rise up knowing they need only ask from their heart and You will provide their every need. In Jesus name Amen
Each and every brand new day The Lord opens my eyes, I say Good Morning Father, Praise The Lord, Praise in The Father, Son and Holly Spirit as One in The One True name of Our Savior The Lord Jesus Christ our One True God, Father lift up for You this new day hand in hand, Please Lord draw me nearer to You in every way. I Pray asking the Lord to fix and lock my loves and families on Him as we begin the new day as only He leads the way into His Will, Ways, Oath, and Perfect Timing. I rise then stand up and Pray, then wash up read my Bible. I then Pray again, turning to my daily emails of Faith to read and Pray with my family of brothers and sisters here. Father I Praise and Thank You for the Blessings of fellowship here on back to the Bible. Please Lord keep lifting Up Pastor Nat to do Your will in inspiring we your children one big family in Jesus Mighty name Amen
For everyone who has accepted Jesus as their Lord & Savoir - read your Bible. There will be a test😊🙏🏽🛐✝️❤️✝️🛐🙏🏽
Thank you for your prayers! I so want the Holy Spirit to enlighten me and illuminate the eyes of my heart. I do pray and ask God to do so each day as I begin my study. Thank you for your insights.
I am praying for you and your requests. I'm so sorry about the rift in the relationship between you and your son. Praying for reconciliation!
Please play for my son Beau his mom loves him. PAM
Thank you for enlightening me on the Holy Spirit
Thank you for these encouragements to help us in our walk with the Lord.
Dear Lord, help the Holy Spirit to guide me in seeking You, and help me to trust You more each day. Amen!
Thank You Lord! I need The Holy Spirit to be more fully in my life! These reading are fully in my prayers! Thank You Jesus!
This is just what I needed! Thank you Jesus! I’m just having problems witnessing. Pray for me! Thanks.
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With the acceptance of Christ as the Lamb of God, offered as our sacrifice to atone for our sins, we are to live in this debt to Him. No, we cannot earn or pay back this debt, but yes, we can run the race! Don’t live life like a spectator at a sporting event and just cheer on your team - be a participant! A first step can be as simple as identifying your own sinful behaviors (introspection), and by prayer and action intentionally stop practicing these - or least try!
Very good commentary. Paul tells us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Philippians 2:12. Run the race to the end.
Thank you for Heavenly wisdom!
Thank you for sharing the word today
Amen
Thank you for your ministry and prayers may our God who is so rich in mercy give us power through the Holy Spirit to live lives pleasing to Him.
Thank you for sharing! So encouraging!
Yes I need you to keep on prayers for me and my lose one got saved in 1986 the Lord became my savior.
Thank you Jesus for your Love
It's all too easy to backslide. It happens unintentionally most often. I pray God's Word transforms your mind and heart.
Thank you for sharing, Sherry. Your son's story is a common one. It was my story as well. I pray for His return to the King. Whether it's for authentic salvation or confession and reconciliation, I pray it comes quickly.
I need prayer for my long journey to get to know the Lord more intimately. For guidance, to be a better man, father, husband. Also for my so. Jonathan Richard Torres who has no contact with me. I have tried for many years now he is 27 and lives in Miami. Doesn’t want to reach out. Also for my family, my butterfly Julianna Victoria. My friend Tony McDaniel, Sued Family whom is fighting Cancer. My stepsons Abnel Joab, Jasson Alberto Pereira who are dependent on hard drugs. Lord guide them into the light out of darkness. Amén Love you all!!!! Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Also my sister Elizabeth. Dear Lord touch her heart amd soften it. We haven’t talked for years now. Thank you all
I need prayer for spiritual wisdom regarding a matter. I ask that the Lord will open my eyes where I may have been blind. I'm also praying for a bigger job opportunity where I'll be happy and I will make more money. I thank you in advance for your prayers.
Today is my son's 41st birthday. When he was a teenager, he accepted Jesus as his Savior with joy, even starting a Bible study in his highschool. In his young adult years, he fell away from his faith. I pray that the Holy Spirit would renew in him the knowledge of the truth and that his eyes and heart would be enlightened, and that he would return to his first Love, Jesus. I would appreciate your prayers for him today, as the Lord prompts you. His name is Josh. Thank you and God bless. May God be glorified in my son's life. ♡
Amen! Our journey is ongoing.
Hallelujah, Amen! Open the "eyes of my heart" Lord, and give me "a fresh revelation of Who You are, and the hope to which You have called me". Help me not to lose focus of You. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Satan tries to keep us from knowing what an amazing act God did when he chose us to be saved from our sins and become children of God through Jesus’s death and resurrection. We are now through the Holy Spirit reflecting God’s glory. Paul was so excited about what God was doing his words of joy covered many verses to describe who we now are as believers and saints. Praise God for his marvelous gifts to us. We who deserve condemnation receive eternal life. Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus. Amen
I want to give thanks to the lord knowing that there is more to being just saved I want the Holy spirit to continue to enlighten more soul and give me wisdom to stretch forward into that hope that is in me
Thank you for this app . I.haxe back slidded and now working to get back right with our lord. Please keep sending me. Thank you for life
Lord, let Your Holy Spirit come and work in me. I want to grow in the knowledge of You Lord. Have Your way with me and all believers. Change our hearts, mind, and renew our Spirit. Lord lead and guide me with Your Holy Spirit. To God be all the glory. In Your Son Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Father God in the Name of Jesus I thank you for giving me Spiritual Eyes to see, Spiritual ears to hear and a heart & soul to receive your Word. I pray daily for Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding to carry out the purpose and plan you have for me. I pray a blessing over my family and this Nation. In the Mighty Name of Jesus! Amen
Open the eyes of my heart Lord, open the eyes of my heart, I want to see you, I want to see you... See you high and lifted up, shining in the light of your glory!! As we sing holy, holy, holy!! 🎶🎵🎶🎵🎹🎤🎼
Amen and Amen.
Abba Father, I pray the Holy Spirit to be activated in all of my family, John, Nick, Jenny, Jonathan, Corky, Tracey and her family, Byron and Carolyn, and Anne and her family and Margaret and her family and my MIL Pat. Jesus is coming soon. Please Father God save them from what is coming soon. Amen.
Amen thank you heavenly father fill me with your Holy Spirit
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Praise be your name this morning Lord. From the rising of the sun until the going down of same your name is worthy to be praised.
Wow. Thank you Paster Nat!!! It's funny recently,, meaning the last 6-8 months, I have been learning and experiencing just how powerful and necessary it is to have the Gift of the Holy Spirit. I pray to him to fill me with all sorts of things; Wisdom, Strength, Peace. I'm still learning. I'm still growing. I'm so thankful that God gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit. I pray that I will continue to grow in my Spiritual Life.. Thank You for your Blessed and Powerful insights! Peace and Love. 🙏💕🙏💕🙏