Exodus 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.
Amazingly, even after God had promised that His presence would go with Moses as he led the people of God [Exodus 33:14], Moses refused to move until he was absolutely sure of God’s presence going with him and before him [Exodus 33:15].
Great pattern for us to follow today!
- Tuesday, Wednesday, and again tomorrow, I will be going soul-winning. Should I not follow Moses’ example? Should I not tell the Lord, If Your presence will not go with me and before me, I don’t need to go?
- Wednesday evening, I am speaking in a Worker’s Meeting. Should I not follow Moses’ example and tell the Lord, if Your presence isn’t going with me, let someone else teach?
- Thursday evening I will be preaching for our Psa Thrict church. Should I not follow Moses’ example and tell the Lord, if you aren’t going with me, let someone else preach?
- Friday is one Bible study and another discipleship session. Should I not follow Moses’ example and tell the Lord, if you aren’t going with me, let someone else teach?
- Saturday we have soul-winning. Should I not follow Moses’ example and cry out to the Lord, if You aren’t going with me, I am not going?
- Sunday morning I will be preaching here in Phnom Penh. Again, would it not behoove me to follow Moses’ example? Should I not cry out to the living God and say, if Your presence is not going with me and before me, send someone else.
Whether it’s soul-winning, discipleship, teaching or preaching, or simply living the Christian life, we need God’s presence. We need God’s power.
If you are anything like me, there are times, in fact, there are many times where, unlike Moses of old, I do not acknowledge my need for God and cry out for His presence.
Forgive us Lord!
As we said in previous posts. God is looking for a people who are not simply seeking His provision, His protection, and not even simply His power. God is looking for a people who are SEEKING HIS PRESENCE a people who desire to know God!
GOD IS LOOKING FOR A PEOPLE WHO ARE WILLING TO CRY OUT TO HIM FOR HIS PRESENCE AND FOR HIS POWER!
We need an old fashioned revival that will stir our hearts and enable us to see our need of God’s power and presence in our lives and ministries!
God is looking for a people who are willing to cry out to Him, not simply to have their personal needs met, but to have His purpose fulfilled. I like what one author wrote:
“Spiritual-sounding chitter chatter tends to be self-centric in its banter, begging for comforts to be protected, deadlines to be met, surgeon’s hands to be guided, tests to be passed, and food to be blessed. It’s always about us. And, whereas there is nothing wrong with praying about our own personal needs, prayer— real-life historic prayer— is otherworldly and built upon the notion of a forgotten self. It’s aggressive, growling, attacking, commanding, persevering, passionate, and feverishly unrelenting— it’s battlefield firing, as if every utterance is chipping away at enemy strongholds and every petition is moving God’s indomitable purposes forward in this natural realm. Bona fide, heaven-inspired prayer— the kind that moves mountains and calms storms— is not something the modern church is used to. …Great men and women are not made great by chiding truth and attempting to reconstruct it so that it is more appealing to their selfish sensibilities. Rather, they are made great by bowing down before the God of the universe and yielding to His commands and His methods for changing this world.”
If we look back in history we find many men and women who understood this truth. Men and women who set their attention and affection on things above. Men and women who hungered and thirsted after righteousness and after the Righteous One. Men and women who weren’t satisfied with the status quo. Men and women who could not be moved by either the mountains set before them or the giants set against them.
Like Moses of old, these men and women cried out to God for presence and God’s power in order to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.
The same author writes of one of these great men, John Hyde, often referred to as the Apostle of Prayer:
“John Hyde died of a heart condition— his heart literally moved from one side of his chest cavity to the other due to a near-constant strain and physical taxation upon it. It was the strain of prayer, the burden of the lost that he carried. And he knew full and well that it was killing him, but he considered it the highest honor to participate with his Christ in the office of an intercessor and thus to watch with his Lord in Gethsemane.”
O Lord, give us men who will cry out to You. No, better yet, Lord, MAKE ME A MAN WHO WILL CRY OUT FOR YOUR PRESENCE AND POWER!
“Prayer in our modern day has been diminished and, as a direct result, the power of the church of Jesus Christ has seemingly vanished.”