(By Adam Wittenberg) Do you want more spiritual power? Do you desire to walk in signs and wonders? To see revival? To advance the gospel to hard and dark places and prepare people for Jesus’ glorious return? As followers of Jesus, we are designed to do these things (Mark 16:17–18). We hunger for it—to see God’s kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven—and we’re not satisfied without it! But the desire is costly. It won’t come easily; there’s something that’s required from us. That something is intimacy with God. As much as we want to walk in power, Jesus gave us this warning:

“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ But then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from Me, you who practice evil’ (Matt. 7:22-23).

Intimacy is to be our first priority. We must do God’s work God’s way, which is in close relationship with Him. This means that we read His Word, talk to Him and listen for His voice so we can know that we’re doing His will. READ MORE