Hello, my name is Adam Knapp. I am from All Peoples Church. I am with you on God Today. When I was a teenager, I wasn’t really sure about my faith. My grandfather was a pastor; a number of my uncles were as well. I was one of those kids that always had to go to church, always had to attend, but I wasn’t quite sure if I knew God for myself.
I came to a place where there was a testimony on a Sunday night – a testimony service. There, they began to share the mic and everyone stood up and talked about all the things God had done in their lives. They began to pressure me to speak and then to ask me what I would say. I asked them to leave me alone and I said I didn’t really have anything I wanted to say. They kept badgering me. I said, ”Fine, go ahead and give me the mic.”
I went up to the podium, I said to the congregation that was there, I said, “I don’t really want to be here. My mother made me come. I am not sure I really believe in God. But, if God is real, He needs to prove it.” I set the mic down. I made it about 10 feet off stage and the power of God hit me. I began to weep. I began to lay there and cry.
About 3 hours later, they dragged me out of the church a weeping mess. The power of God encountered me. Sometimes, we get to this place where the theological answers don’t work. Everyone else’s faith doesn’t do it for us. We have to enter into that place of asking God to meet us Himself. Maybe you are out there and you are someone struggling in your faith. Maybe you have heard all your mom’s and dad’s answers. You have heard their prayers, you have been to every service, you have read all the books. There is something still missing. There is something still hurting, something still confused. I challenge to you today – cry out to God. Ask Him to meet you, ask Him to come close. God is a God that does not dismiss the requests of His people. He doesn’t withdraw Himself from us. Instead, when we are honest and vulnerable, and ask God to come close to us, He draws nigh. He meets us where we are.
That night, in a truth place I spoke out and said, “God, meet me.” He did. I am confident that He will meet you as well. If you are watching this, and you say, “I am not sure I know God the way you do, Adam, if you cry out now in your heart and say, “God, meet me.” He will fill your room, your car, He will come wherever you are sitting right now and watching this. He will begin to speak to your heart, your life. You will know He is real in a way that you know. He becomes your God, not the God of your parents, or the God of a minister, or the God of a book.
Let me pray with you. Father, I ask you would meet whoever is watching this right now. You would encounter them, that they would know you are for them and not against them. They would have an intimate encounter. They could walk away and say, “He is no longer just the God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob. He is my God, I know Him, and He has spoken to my heart.” They would have confidence and assurance you are with them and you love them. Father, I ask you Spirit would comfort them right now, in the name of Jesus. I am Adam Knapp and this is God Today.