Experiencing the Presence

“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and seek him in his temple.  My heart say of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek” (Psa. 27:4, 8).

“The presence of God is the central fact of Christianity.  At the heart of the Christian message is God Himself waiting for His redeemed children to push in to conscious awareness of His presence.  That type of Christianity which happens now to be the vogue knows this Presence only in theory.  It fails to stress the Christian’s privilege of present realization. According to its teachings we are in the presence of God positionally, and nothing is said about the need to experience that Presence actually….

Behind the veil is God…He waits to show Himself in ravishing fullness to the humble of soul and the pure in heart.”

Lord, I desire to Your presence today—in all Your fullness.  My heart yearns to experience You in a deeper way so that I know You more.

–by A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God with Study Guide (1992, Christian Publications).

Prayer Points
Praise God as the Creator who makes all things new (Rev. 21:5). Give thanks for his power to bring even the most deadened souls to life in Jesus— including your own (Eph. 2:1-5). Confess those times when you have lost faith in God’s power to renew and restore. Commit yourself to renewing your mind every day in prayer and in reading God’s Word. Ask God to teach you what it means that you are now God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works (2:10).

Pray that those who are outside of God’s family may be made new creations in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend

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