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The One Thing We Need Most

Updated: Nov 13, 2019

We need intimacy with Jesus more than anything. The more we receive the jealous and joy-filled affections that Jesus feels for us, the more

  • We love Jesus with deep affection

  • We love ourselves rightly

  • We love others mercifully

How do we find the deepest intimacy with God that we can experience?

The Word of God reveals the deepest relationship with Jesus is when we interact with Him as a passionate Bridegroom and we identify as His cherished Bride. This is the 6th reason why I am calling us to pray and fast together for 21 days.

John the Baptist had a perspective of the Bridegroom God. The Son of Man referred to Himself as the Bridegroom (Matthew 9:15). Will we ask our Heavenly Father to give us understanding of this truth? This requires a paradigm shift for most people. God's design of marriage reflects the most intimate relationship available to humans and thus, Jesus cherishes people as His bride (see Ephesians 5:25-32).

It is the depth and intimacy of relationship with Jesus that we are after. Being the Bride of Christ is a privileged position that believers have, in order to access the Bridegroom's affectionate heart. There is nothing sexual or sensual about it. It is similar to believers also having the privileged position as sons of God, in order to access and experience the Father's affectionate heart.

The bridal paradigm is needed to understand and experience the person of Jesus Christ in the most intimate way the human heart can. John the Baptist declared,

“The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete” (John 3:29).

The next generation of believers need to be equipped with this revelation.

Jesus explained that when He, the Bridegroom, would be taken from His disciples, that is when they should mourn and fast. This mourning and fasting is rooted in a deep desire for His presence. This is what we long for when we fast - we long for Him! Only He can console our lovesick hearts. This fierce and burning discontentment is my desperate hunger for God. Only Jesus can satisfy it. When His jealous love tenderly touches my spirit, I am overwhelmed with joy.

Fasting for the Bridegroom:

  • Enlarges our hearts to experience God’s divine love and presence now

  • Opens wide the deepest places of our beings to be filled with truths of Jesus

  • Serves as a catalyst to increase the measure that we receive from the Lord

  • Causes our heart to move in love and longing for God at an accelerated pace

  • Tenderizes our hearts so dullness is diminished and desire is nurtured

The best teaching I’ve found that is focused on living with a Bridal paradigm is at https://mikebickle.org/watch/?guid=2014_02_07_1800_FCF_MB. What changed my life was studying and meditating on the Song of Songs after hearing good teaching on its spiritual interpretation. It is the one song of Solomon's 1005 songs, that was canonized! I would love to hear him sing it :)

I started taking phrases from the song and would speak them to Jesus, understanding that He is my Bridegroom King. The little understanding I have received has increased my emotional security, confidence in Jesus’ love for me, and transparency before God and others.

Because of how Jesus thinks and feels about me, I have the confidence to run to Jesus instead of away from him when I’m in the midst of weakness, sin, or failure. I am His and He is mine, His desire is for me and I belong to Him. Men and women need this message!

The Word of God reveals the cry of the Holy Spirit and the mighty Bride of Christ with intimacy and power in Revelation 22,

“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ (Revelation 22:17).

This shows the power of identity, prayer, and anointing. The Bride is anointed by the Spirit of God to intercede exactly as the Spirit of God desires. The agreement shows identity, unity, and maturity. The cry is for the Bridegroom King to return to the earth to reign over the nations with His Bride.

“Fasting, then, opens the way for the outpouring of the Spirit and the restoration of God’s house. Fasting in this age of the absent Bridegroom is in expectation of His return. Soon there will be the midnight cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ It will be too late then to fast and to pray. The time is now.” (Arthur Wallis, God’s Chosen Fast).

Jesus is primarily revealed as a Bridegroom, King, and Judge in the Book of Revelation. A climatic moment after Jesus returns to the earth is the wedding of the Lamb with His Bride who has made herself ready (Revelation 19:7-9). We need to encounter Him and know Him now as Bridegroom so that we are ready for how the Holy Spirit wants to lead and prepare us.

Jesus wants us to open our hearts to Him and hear Him express His affection to us, “You have stolen my heart . . . my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes . . . How delightful is your love” (Song of Songs 4:9-10). He cherishes our love, because He cherishes us.

Check out https://www.ihopkc.org/about/fasting-guidelines-and-information/ to learn more about fasting.

Join me in the 21-day fast starting November 7th.

Prayer Focuses:

Days 1-7: Praying for Families

Days 8-14: Praying for schools and the education system

Days 15-21: Praying for churches and the city

Let’s awaken to action and shift history!

Bryan Schroeder

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