“You seek me politely and thoughtfully, but I long for you to seek me passionately and completely.”

Hopefully you will recognise those words taken from a prophetic word brought to the church last May. Since then many of us have been praying and seeking God’s help in making those words real in our church.

Have you ever searched for something passionately? Perhaps you have pursued somebody with whom you’ve fallen in love. Maybe you have chased fervently after a particular career move or ‘perfect’ house. Or have you been driven to go after a place in the school which appears perfect for your child? If you have searched passionately you will know that your quest can become all-consuming. Every free moment is taken up by thinking about the plan, stretching out to reach for the next step, hungrily doing all that you can to achieve your goal. Such a quest, and the effort you put in, demonstrates how important the goal is.

How does this compare with your desire for a deeper relationship with the God who made you, who loves you, and who gave His Son for you?

Jesus once said that the most important command is to “love the Lord your God with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul and with ALL your mind” (emphasis mine). That sounds like something we’d have to be pretty passionate about if we were to take it seriously. But dare we not take such a vital command seriously?

Those words of the Christ we serve, underlined by a prophetic word that I believe God wants us all to sit up and take notice of, emphasise that a meaningful relationship with God is not something that comes easily, but needs to be worked at. Let’s put away any politeness and careful planning and reach out passionately, wholeheartedly and completely for the depth of friendship and connection that He longs for you and me and everyone we know to enjoy. This month, please pray for passion. Please be bold in asking God to give us all hearts and souls and minds that love Him properly, completely and passionately. And let’s then look forward to all that He will bless us with.

With love, Peter