Passion for God’s Presence

Is the purpose of your praying solely or even primarily to be delivered from your present circumstances? Do you pray only when you are in distress and desire relief from adversity? Many people pray out of the destitution of their life. True prayer is motivated out of desperation for Christ’s life. Until you become as uncomfortable living without the presence and true knowledge of God as you are in your current deprivation and misery you will not experience the breakthrough God has in store for you. The Lord desires that you seek Him. “For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel: ‘Seek Me and live!'” (Amos 5:4).
Communion with God is the purest expression of prayer. Seeking after Him, encountering His presence and person, not merely what He can do for you, but who He wants to be to you, that is the prayer in its’ finest form. Sadhu Sundar Singh aptly states:

“The essence of prayer does not consist in asking God for something but in opening our hearts to God, in speaking with Him, and living with Him in perpetual communion. Prayer does not mean asking God for all kinds of things we want; it is rather the desire for God Himself, the only Giver of Life. Prayer is the desire to possess God Himself, the Source of all life. The true spirit of prayer does not consist in asking for blessings, but in receiving Him who is the giver of all blessings, and in living a life of fellowship with Him.”

E.M. Bounds once stated: “God’s acquaintance is not made hurriedly.” The true knowledge of God will can only be attained through intimacy with Christ. We must spend time in His presence worshipping Him in the beauty of His holiness. There is no other way to experience the fullness of Christ’s grace, wisdom, and knowledge. It is through the knowledge of God that we have obtain “all things pertaining to life and godliness” (See 2 Peter 1:3).
Living Supernaturally!
Glenn Bleakney

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