I hope that all of us are truly longing and thirsting for more of God. It should be our constant desire to be in His presence and experience more of His reality and power. We aren’t just obeying a religion that our family follows. We are following an Almighty God who is real and desires to fellowship with us and reveal himself to us.
He is so real that he wants to walk with us and be in us and be our God. That means that He wants to speak to us and wants us to speak to Him. That means that our wonderful God will act on our behalf, that is, speak by his Holy Spirit to us and through us by various gifts and graces that He pours out. He is not a God of history that once was real and now is a set of commands to obey. He is a living God that makes himself manifest by the Spirit to and through us.
There is a price to be paid to walk with God closely. We must be willing to give up everything to follow Him, to be obedient to Him and to seek His glory first. Many Christians want these things, but don’t experience them in their lives.
It is because too often we are not willing to spend much time with God alone in prayer. Sure we pray at church, we pray a few minutes here and there, but what about spending hours in prayer in the morning, time in prayer around the noon time and before bed. What about prayer meetings at church? What about coming to the service early and truly entering into the presence of God, consecrating our hearts for His working?
Are you willing to pay the price to experience the power and presence of the reality of God? It does not come automatically, but it comes through maintaining a close connection to our beloved Father through prayer.
James 4:8 says “draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” We draw near to God through prayer and obedience to his voice. If you treat your relationship with God casually and spend only a few fleeting minutes with him a day you can expect that you will not experience His presence.
It is critical for our churches and our people to have this type of powerful relationship with Jesus. The souls of many people that come to our churches who are not saved or do not have a true experience of salvation in Jesus Christ hang in the balance. All of us have a part to play in the service and we must draw close to God prior to service and before the service starts.
Also, often at the end of some services we end them too quickly. It’s important we allow time for God to move on hearts to repentance and to the manifestation of the Spirit. If we abruptly end we do not know what God could have done. I pray that each of us would enter into passionate prayer to see what God would speak and do as the service closes. After we have worshipped and heard the word of God the people’s hearts should be in a condition where the Spirit of God can move in a powerful way. Let’s give him the time and opportunity to do just that.