Feeling so convicted to seek God deeply in prayer! I love the old generation of Preachers and what they brought to the table in terms of wisdom and revelation. Some spoke with such conviction and authority, not because of well studied theology, or practiced rhetoric...but because these were men who spent time on their knees before God, seeking His face in tears for an entire generation of people. When they spoke, it was straight from the heart, not trying to please men and tickle their ears, but their desire was to please God! They shot straight and hit the target in which they aimed.
It reminds me of 2 verses:
1) They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” - Luke 24:32
2) When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” - Acts 2:37
Leonard Ravenhill was one who was either loved or hated. He would often say, "You can know the Bible in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, and still not know God!", and/or "we don't need to know the word of God, we need to know the God of the word!" One of his friends, A.W. Tozer, would spend several hours a day in prayer asking God to teach him through books and scripture. William Seymour, because of the color of His skin, was not allowed to sit in Bible school classes, so he sat outside the classrooms and listened in to learn. Instead of getting angry, he would spend His time in prayer in preparation for a mighty move of God in 1906, which would include all nationalities. He was known by some as the most humble man they knew. Evan Roberts, as a young man, although thought to be awkward and strange by some, would spend time rolled up in a carpet until it was soaked in tears for people while he prayed and interceded. Those tears would lead to a revival in the nation of Wales!
Knowledge and study are beneficial, and important, but the most important knowledge, is the knowledge of God (Knowing Him)! There is a Word in Hebrew used for the word knowledge. The transliterated word is "Ya'da". It can be translated as deep, intimate, experiential knowledge. It can even speak of the level of intimacy in which a husband knows his wife intimately in marriage. This is the degree, spiritually speaking, that God wants us to know Him. It's not enough to just know about Him!
When we know Him, we will know what He loves, and what He hates. We'll know His emotions, and His thoughts. We'll care about the things he cares about, such as justice, honor, humility, forgiveness, and love.
Jesus taught us that the main issue, the root, is always about what's going on in our heart. God always cares about the heart, and likewise, he is after our hearts.
I saw a wonderful demonstration once where several men stood on one side of a room. A little girl stood blindfolded on the other side of the room. Each one called out to the little girl, saying, "This is dad". When the little girl was asked, she quickly said "#3" is my real dad! When she was asked how she knew, she simply said "because I spend time with him".
Let us spend time with God! Let us get to know Him so well that when he calls, we quickly recognize His voice. Spend time in His presence in worship, and in prayer. Learn to enjoy Him. I'll give you a hint: Prayer is never boring when God shows up! Just talk to Him, then, be silent and give Him a chance to respond. You'll be amazed at what happens next!