My good friend of many years, Bob Hartley, experienced a transforming encounter with Jesus in 1981 that has impacted my life and the lives of many others too. He was a university student in his early 20's who had been encouraged to receive Christ into his life. As he chose to take this invitation seriously, great pains in his heart began to immediately surface. He didn't realize before this how angry he was at God. He went into a Chicago conference hotel room with an assumption that God didn't really care about what was on Bob's heart and that God was nowhere nearby when painful events had taken place in his life throughout his youth.
In his encounter with the love and warmth of the living Christ in that room, God specifically and supernaturally revealed to him how much He had always cared for him, the times He had protected Bob's life, the many times He grieved when Bob would run out from under His protection and get into trouble, people He had sent to him to provide for his needs and many other perspective-altering insights as well. Bob entered that room with a pervasive and unspoken accusation toward God in his heart - "You don't care about what is on my heart!" He left that room 3 days later with a powerful revelation - "God has a Heart! God has a Heart!"
Now you'd need to know Bob's personality like I do to fully appreciate this, but once he received this revelation about God's truer and greater Nature, there was only one question that dominated his being for weeks and years to come - "Father, now that I know You have a heart...what is on Your heart?" As an outcome of continually and sincerely asking God this question throughout many years, God has shared directly with Bob matters of all kinds that are on His heart. And...I believe that for all of us to know the Father's heart more truly and deeply is a vital prerequisite to experiencing more fully what it means to pray to Him "in the name of Jesus".
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