Wanting to know God and wanting to be known by God are two very different things. Many of us desire to know and understand the things of God, but few of us desire to be known by God. The notion of being known by God generates varying degrees of feelings and emotions. We can experience fear, trepidation, anxiety, guilt and other emotions when we contemplate being known by God. But God is not interested in knowing our sinful nature and all the actions and thoughts that generate feelings of guilt and anxiety. God wants to know the new you. He wants to know the person who has successfully crucified their sinful nature, and has been resurrected to a new life in Christ.
As the apostle Paul stated in Galatians 2:20, we also should be able to say: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." When your relationship with God encompasses your new resurrected self, there is no anxiety, no guilt and no trepidation because the new you is as spotless as the Son of God, our Messiah and King. Prior to engaging in any prayer or communications with God, you first should confess and repent of all sin and transgression, and quickly forgive those who need your forgiveness. Only then can you approach the throne of God with boldness and confidence, and in humility, wanting to know and be known by God.
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