The Discovering God Challenge

The Discovering God ChallengeShow me who You really are. Those words echoed in my head and stayed in my heart ever since I heard them years ago at a church service. A challenge had been issued, one that changed the way I thought and prayed. The challenge was this:

For one week, every day, ask God to show you who He really is.

What a question! It caused me to stop and question who I thought He was, His characteristics and core principles. To me, God was all-powerful, just, wise, and loving. But, I knew with a God this infinite, there just had to be more.

Pause for a moment and ask yourself who you think He is. Maybe write these things down so that you can look back on them later. If you’re anything like me, the list you have is full of “Sunday school” answers, the typical traits we’ve heard in church over and over.

This is where most of us stop. We’ve been told who God is and we don’t bother to dig deeper because the answers we’ve been given are satisfactory. With this type of thinking, we’re immeasurably limiting how well we could know our Father.

But fear not, my friend! That’s where this challenge comes in. It is very possible that after this, your life will change.

For the next week, each day, take the time to ask God to show you who He really is. And then, stay on the lookout for His presence.

He will. Don’t be afraid that this prayer won’t be answered. Maybe you feel as though God never answers your prayers (I’ve been there, I think we all have at some point or another). The thing is, He always answers. Sometimes we don’t see it because we have narrowed our minds to think the answer must be something big, not subtle as is often the case.

That was my problem when I first took this challenge. I was in a tough spot in my life and I assumed Him showing me who He is was going to be giving me a miracle, showing how big and powerful He is. Deep disappointment came upon me with this mindset, but that’s when I remembered part of a powerful verse:

“Come near to God, and he will come near to you…” (James 4:8 NIV)

Not He could, but He will. From that point on, I began to look for the subtle signs of God showing me who He is.

He gave me beautiful sunsets on hard days, meals that tasted particularly good just when I needed it. Amongst terrible stories in the news, a random act of kindness by a stranger. I’d be listing to a playlist on God Gives Joy Through The Small Thingsshuffle and the perfect songs would come on to inspire me.

You see, God isn’t just all mind-boggling miracles, He’s a giver of joy through the small things. Sometimes He’s not a powerful gust of wind carrying the sound of thunder, but rather a light breeze that cools you on a hot day. He’s not just all-seeing, He’s personally interested in each and every one of us.

So, this week watch for big things, and watch for little things. He’ll come.

Once the week has passed, I invite you to share your experience in the comments below. Tell us how God showed Himself to you! I am so excited to hear what He does in your life!


What I began to do after I prayed this for myself was to pray it for others. For example, if another believer is struggling, pray that God will show them who He really is, and that they’ll be open to see it. Another way to do this is by praying for those who aren’t believers, whether that’s a specific person in your life, or strangers, pray for God to show Himself.

Maybe you’re the person who doesn’t believe. If you are, you may be feeling a tug on your heart right now, an intrigue or curiosity that you can’t seem to push away. That’s God calling you to Him. You may not believe that, but I challenge you to try this week of prayer. What do you have to lose? Just think what you could have to gain.

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  1. You’re right – it’s easier for people to just be told who God is instead of digging in to find out for themselves. I know I have been guilt of this. Thank you for the challenge! Knowing who He truly is helps us understand situations so much better.

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