Without His presence, there’s no point…

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What kind of Christian are you?

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Presence of God

Exodus 33:15-16

Then (Moses) said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.  For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us?

When Moses was bringing the Israelites up into the Promised Land, God was so frustrated with the people and their stiff-necked, stubborn ways, that He didn’t even want to be associated with them any more. He made an offer to Moses that they should go into the land and enjoy all the good things that God had prepared for them, but God Himself was not volunteering to go with them, in case He got so mad with them that He killed them.

Many Christians today would be very content to take God up on that offer. Just as long as they would have the things that they…

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A prayer for our enemies

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May our prayer be always to seek love over hatred, and peace over vengeance.

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From the Book of Common Prayer:

O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies:

Lead them and us from prejudice to truth;

deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge;

and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(HT Jim Vining, image via Kurt Willems)

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Prayer for Mental Health

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Lord today, 

Many of us are worried and overwhelmed by the obsession with presents and gifts this holiday season. Even when we have more than enough, we still complain. We choose to do something different today Lord.

We pray for our brothers and sisters with Mental Health illnesses. Some of them are homeless and sleeping in the cold and on wet streets in this horrible weather. Their feet  are swollen, cracking and bleeding from frostbite.

Many of them have been pushed out by their families who see them as burdens, others are there due to our social sins, our terrible attitudes, our self righteousness, our evil policies, our insensitivity and greed. Forgive us Lord, and cause us to be more generous with the gifts you have given us.

Cause us to see that our humanity is linked to every other person’s humanity. Convict us of our sin whenever we deliberately close our eyes to such a one. For all of us have no control over our own minds, yet we delude ourselves. Lord “let Your Kingdom Come” – Amen.

Praying With Expectancy

The Atmosphere of Expectancy

 

In our great evangelistic meetings in Africa, the people come with a high level of spiritual hunger and expectancy of the miraculous power of God. They have heard the testimonies of all that God has done for others, and they believe that God will do the same for them. They know that God is going to show His power and glory in these great meetings, and they come in full expectation that they are going to be the recipients of those blessings.
It is this attitude that actually takes hold of the miraculous and causes the lightning of God’s glory to strike. They do not come hoping it is the will of God to reveal Himself… they already know it is! Because they already expect this, they pray from a position of bold confidence and expectancy. When God hears that kind of prayer and sees that kind of action being demonstrated by desperately hungry people, He does reveal His awesome power in some of the most phenomenal ways.
Praying with faith and expectancy will always attract the presence and power of God just as the absence of these key elements will repel the presence and power of God. There is a direct correlation between the level of belief and expectancy in the hearts of people and the measure of the revelation of the glory of the Lord. When God’s
people pray in the firm conviction that it is God’s will to answer their prayers and reveal His glory, their expectation of His glory will bring its manifestation in their lives.
 
 
Bring Your Umbrella
Many years ago, a region of the American Midwest had been stricken by drought. There was a small town there that was totally dependent upon farming, and the crops were dying in the fields because of the lack of rain. A day of prayer and fasting was declared in which all the townspeople would come in from their surrounding farms and spend the day in prayer, asking God to send rain.
That morning a five-year-old girl came along with her parents to their church to pray. Some people were amused as this little girl was carrying an umbrella. They asked her why. She replied that she thought they had come there that day to pray for rain, and she didn’t want to get wet going home.
Suddenly conviction gripped their hearts. The people realized that they had come to pray, but no one but this little girl actually believed anything was going to change! In tears, they repented of their unbelief; and these same townspeople began to pray that day as though they really believed their prayers were going to change things.
About four o’clock that afternoon, clouds began to form on the western sky. By evening, a slow, soaking rain had begun to fall across the region. The heavens had literally opened for these people. This slow rain lasted for three days and nights. Their crops were saved, and they eventually had one of the biggest harvests that they had ever seen! Everyone remembered that it was the little girl with her umbrella who had come to pray and had changed their hearts from a place of religious duty bound with unbelief to a place of expectancy that God would in fact hear and act.
We MUST believe and expect God’s best blessings whenever we pray!

Pursuing God’s Presence

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God’s presence is not mystical, as we like to portray or think of it. It is tangible. You can sense it, experience it and see it.

God’s presence always ends up in a physical manifestation. Sick people receive their healing. Those bound by addictions are set free. Wandering minds are restored to their peaceful state. Depression is gone. All of these have a physical manifestation. It is highly unlikely that you can be in God’s presence and not feel anything. You cannot connect with God and not know if you are connected.

I strongly believe that for many of us, our physical awareness is much stronger than our spiritual awareness. God knows us, and is constantly reaching out to us.  For Him to communicate with us, He is likely to use something with which we are very familiar – our physical realm – Our bodies, feelings and thoughts.

Access to God is not like a pay phone, sometimes unreachable.  Even though sometimes, we all feel like our prayers are hitting the ceiling and bouncing back, never reaching God. The idea that we have to do certain tricks or rituals to access God is what keeps us from appropriating all the blessings that come with being in God’s presence.

Accessing God’s presence is not at all complicated. God shows up when you truly and genuinely show up. He is omnipresent. That means you can access Him from any place at anytime. You can be on the road, on a train, in school, in a library, in a restaurant, at work, in a barbershop or salon, in a gym, anywhere. There is only one requirement.

  • A Genuine Need For God

God is more interested in your heart than in anything else you do. If your heart can reach God, the rest of your body and your life will follow.

Here are a few strategies:

  1. Open your heart and mind to receive God’s response. You cannot predict or demand how God should show up. Just be open to Him and His ways.
  2. Seek Him. The only way you seek God is by drawing near to Him – Through His Word, Prayer and Fellowship with others that follow Him.  You must have a genuine desire to be in His presence.
  3. Wait on Him. Often, we are too much in a hurry. We give God a timeout. “If He doesn’t show up between these times, I am out.”  Guess what? You are out indeed.
  4. Learn to be quiet and listen. It is strange how many Christians today are afraid of quietness. We are more comfortable with motion, confusion, noise (which sometime we mistake for music), and over-praying. There is a time to pray and a time to listen. Remember that prayer is communication – which means a two-way flow of information.  Meditation is the art of listening to what God is saying. I define over-praying as praying without listening.  By doing this, we miss the essence of prayer.

So next time you plan your prayer time, add to it your listening time. 

James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…

Acts 17:24-28… so that they should seek the Lordin the hope that they might grasp for Him and find Himthough He is not far from each one of us

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