Prayer and the Presence of God, 2

Seeking GodExodus 33:13-15, Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. 14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. 15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.

Psalm 27:4, 8, One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. … 8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

Jeremiah 29:12-13, Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

As we mentioned in a previous post, “Whether it was Moses seeking the presence of God in his life and ministry prior to making another move for God, or David responding to the call of God to seek His Face, or God’s promise to His people in Babylonian captivity that they would find Him if they sought Him with all of their hearts or the dozens of other passages that could be noted, it is clear in the scriptures that God is not only looking for a people who will SERVE HIM, but God is looking for a people who will SEEK HIM!”

God is looking for a people who are not simply seeking His provision, His protection, and not even His power. God is looking for a people who are SEEKING HIS PRESENCE a people who desire to know God!

Philippians 3:10,  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

If we are going to SEEK GOD’S PRESENCE we are going to have to give ourselves to become a people of prayer!

“Prayer and God’s presence are two sides of the same coin. Awareness of God’s presence comes as the result of taking time to speak and listen to him through prayer; conversely, the power of prayer is unleashed in the lives of those who spend time in God’s presence. Too many Christians know a lot about God but rarely or never experience his presence in their lives.”

God is looking for hungry and thirsty men and women [Psalm 42:1-2; 63; 84:1-2; Matthew 5:6]. He’s looking for men and women who cannot and will not be satisfied with the dainties this world, and in some cases, the church has to offer.

God looking for men and women who seek to see change, not only in their country, not only in their community, and not only in their church, but men and women who desire to see change, first and foremost, in their own hearts and lives.

God is looking for a people who, as one author put it,  “ache over the loss of true living spirituality and are ready to do whatever it takes to get it back,” especially in their own heart and life!

God is looking for men and women who will pray; men and women who will not simply SEEK THE HAND OF GOD (His provision and protection), but men and women who will SEEK THE FACE OF GOD (His presence)! And this will only come as we give ourselves to be a praying people. Prayer doesn’t always change our circumstances (though it often does), but PRAYER ALWAYS CHANGES US!

“I often wonder what would transpire if every Christ-follower got serious about installing solid prayer practices into their lives. What kind of kingdom gains do you suppose would be made if each of us made pressing into God through prayer a nonnegotiable part of our everyday experience? I believe hearts would soften. Habits would shift. Faith would expand. Love for the poor would increase. Positive, purposeful legacies would be built. And a ravenous hunger would rumble through us all to get usable and to get used in significant ways by the one true God. We can make this happen in our lifetime, friend. And it all starts with learning, and loving, to pray.”

Deuteronomy 4:29,   But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

Oh Lord, create within our hearts a desire to know, love, and serve You today. Create within our hearts an intense desire to SEEK YOUR FACE today!

“Every time I set my face to seeking God in a fresh way, God begins to change my heart, my mind, my preaching, and my leadership skills. When any believer commits his or her heart to seeking the Lord, everything is going to change.”

Just reflecting!!!

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