I was recently praying for a certain family who is desperate for a miracle. But what they really need is a revelation of Jesus Christ. In other words, they speak of His Name, but they don't really know Him.
So my prayer is that He would make Himself known to them.
Do you remember when Jesus appeared on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection? The Bible says the two men walking with Jesus didn't recognize Him, although they were speaking of Him. It wasn't until later that "their eyes were opened and they knew Him" (Luke 24:31).
This is my prayer for the family I spoke of earlier. And not just them--but every person who has heard of Jesus, maybe even attended church somewhere, but doesn't truly know Him.
The Apostle Paul prayed for the early church in Ephesus that "the eyes of our understanding would be enlightened; that we may know what is the hope of His calling, the riches of His glory, and the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe..." (Ephesians 1:18-19). If he prayed for Jesus to be revealed even then, we must continue praying the same now.
This isn't something new.
I believe God wants us to pray for people to be made aware of His presence in the earth, and in their lives. I believe when we pray for God to be made known to others, we are partnering with the desire of Heaven and holding the line against the enemy who would want people to remain blinded and half-aware.
Here are just a few examples of God's desire to be made known:
"He made known His ways to Moses, [and] His acts to the children of Israel" (Psalms 103:7).
"The Lord has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed..." (Psalms 98:2).
"You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence" (Acts 2:28).
"Having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure..." (Ephesians 1:9)
Now let's turn these into a prayer for others:
Father, I thank you that just as You made Yourself known to Moses and the children of Israel, you will make Yourself known to ___________________. I pray that they will become strongly aware of Your salvation and our righteousness in Christ. Open their eyes Father. Send laborers across their path. Cause your Word to become real to them so they may know the true ways of life and experience the fullness of Your joy. I pray that _______________________ will come to know and understand the mystery of Your will toward them, which is according to Your good pleasure. All that You have prepared for us is good and not evil. Thank You for opening the eyes of their understanding that they may know the hope of Your calling, the riches of Your glory, and the exceeding greatness of Your power toward them as believers. Amen.
God's Word doesn't return to Him unanswered (Isaiah 55:11), so pray this with confidence. All of us know someone who needs a greater revelation of Jesus. Maybe that someone is you. This prayer works in the first-person just as well.
So remember, it is God's desire that we know Him in Spirit and in Truth.