Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you! You never leave us, your persistence never grows lazy, your pursuit is with fierce zeal. Almighty God, keep our eyes drawn to you and continue to work all kinds of miracles in our hearts, not seeking anything from this world, but only you! How truly wonderful you are! When we put our trust and faith in you, we instantly become changed. Although this is a gradual change it brings immediate hope in YOU! You are much bigger than we are. There is nothing that outlasts you! No matter where we are in life, or who we have become, or what we chase after…you are there fighting victoriously for our renewal in the blood of Jesus Christ!
You never promise that this will be easy but how doable it is because each day you give us just what we need (2 Corinthians 9:8). You are our Provider who gets us ready for all life has to throw at us. It is unkind out there; hardships are a challenge! All that we have comes directly from you, whether we see this or not. One day, all will become clear. The world we see is not all there is. There is so much more to take hold of; it starts with you. There is work that we are responsible for. It isn’t for favor or rewards. It isn’t for your love and Salvation because this is a gift to us by the death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Our work or rather our pleasure is spending time with you, getting to know you on a personal level. Relationship with you requires time and just as we spend time with others, we must do the very same thing with you. We can never know anyone with a glance. It requires a commitment to the new friendship. To know you is certainly a daily commitment that is helped along by you. Yes, it is a challenge to sit before you, Father, because at first, you are not visible. This all changes as we learn more about you. As you begin to tilt our hearts in your direction, a new vision appears and we see ever so clearly and as we see, we begin to feel and that is when the holy fire desire presents itself (Psalm 146:8).
Charles Spurgeon (2013) writes of the Holy Spirit’s work in our life. He is the one who takes our eyes from ourselves and places them on Jesus. The enemy has plans that are completely opposite to our Heavenly Father’s. Satan wants us to look at ourselves, see our weaknesses, failures, and all the rest. His aim is to drive a wedge between God and His children. This takes all glory from God and places it on the evil one. We begin to worship his ways instead of God’s.
Forgive us, Father, for allowing the enemy to take hold. Free us from the snare of this viciousness and deceit and fill those places with the Holy Spirit. Bring the fruit of your Spirit (Galatians 5:22) into those dark and haunted spots. Only you can do this, Father. Lower us and show us just how powerful and lovely you are. If we’d only take a moment and give you praise and whole-hearted devoted love. Lord change our hearts and the hearts of our family, friends, and all people. Give each a heart that will love you fully (Deuteronomy 30:6). Let there be no holes within us. Filled, sealed, and saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. Do this now, in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen!
Can you imagine possessing a jammed-packed heart of love for our Father! Life would be so very different. It is coming! Wait and see (Revelation 22:12)!
We are told in Hebrews 12:1 to strip off all those things that trip us up, the sin that brings slowness to the race God has set before us. The Good News, we don’t have to do this on our own. He does not expect this of us. He will do it and by personal testimony, one of His ways is by simply spending time with Him. As we sit in quiet, enjoying His Presence, reading Scripture, thanking, worshipping, and praising Him, He is at work. He is with us and He is doing so much more than we could ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). He is a multitasker; He is perfection at work. He desires his children to sit before Him, loving Him.
He is our Father, Savior, Friend, Guide, Defender and so much more. We are created for God. We are the objects of His love. His plans are for good! Trust Him and lean into Him! He will not disappoint you. I promise! Give Him time, He will bless you with wisdom, understanding, and a deeper knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:17). What more do we need? So, what are those things in life that deter you from running your race? Tell God everything you need to run in freedom and give Him thanks for all He has done to help you run to victory (Philippians 4:6).
Pursue Him each day. He brings gifts every time, gifts that will never be given by another. His peace, love, joy, and the promise of eternal life which can only come from Him. It is all guaranteed to His children. Chase after Him because He is God because He loves you (1 John 3:1), He is the creator of Heaven and Earth and before He spoke Heaven and Earth into existence, His Spirit was hovering over the surface of the water (Genesis 1:1-2). How awesome is this!! The Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the One who is, the One who always was, and the One who is still to come (Revelation 12:13).
Jesus came to this world so we could have the privilege of spending time with God. God is Holy–without blemish, all-knowing, all-powerful, and present everywhere. We, however, are not! We are born into a life of sin, selfishness, and we are very hungry individuals. We know what we like. Our flesh reminds of this every day, sometimes many times throughout the day. Our flesh will not give up until we exhale our last breath. We are filthy and we need cleansing and this only comes from the blood of Jesus. His death, burial, and resurrection is what washes us clean and makes us presentable to our Father. This is nothing we do. He has done great things, not us! He doesn’t expect us to clean ourselves! It is impossible!
God doesn’t see us when He looks at us. He doesn’t see the weight we carry due to the life we choose to lead. He only sees Jesus. If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9-10).
Spend daily time with God. He will teach you all things (John 14:26). He will open your eyes just as He’s done for so many others (2 Kings 6:16-17). We are all equal in the eyes of God. There are no favorites (Deuteronomy 10:17-18). Your life will never be the same.
There will be moments of awkwardness when sitting with God. Distractions, impure thoughts, doubt that He’s even there, and maybe even feelings of foolishness but be persistent as He is with you. He will change that empty space and capture you. He has special ways for just you. His plan for you is made especially for you. He is invested in you and He has so much to share with you. He will take hold of you and before you even know it, you are anticipating your next quiet time with Him. This is my prayer for all of us that as we draw near to God, He will draw near to us and that He will spark a flame within us that is unquenchable.
“For he is the living God,
and he will endure forever.
His kingdom will never be destroyed,
and his rule will never end.
He rescues and saves his people;
he performs miraculous signs and wonders
in the heavens and on earth…”
New Living Translation. (2015). Life application study bible. Tyndale.
Spurgeon, C.H. (2003). Morning and evening. [A. Begg, Ed.]. Crossway.
2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”
Psalm 146:8 “The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down. The Lord loves the godly.”
Galatians 5:22 “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things.”
Deuteronomy 30:6 “The LORD your God will change your heart and the hearts of all your descendants so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live.”
Revelation 22:12-13 “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”
Ephesians 3:20 “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
Ephesians 1:17 “…asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.”
Philippians 4:6 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”
1 John 3:1 “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.”
Genesis 1:1-2 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.”
Romans 10:9-10 “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.”
John 14:26 “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative–that is, the Holy Spirit–he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”
2 Kings 6:16-17 “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. ‘For there are more on our side than on theirs!’ Then Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!’ The LORD opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.”
Deuteronomy 10:17-18 “For the LORD your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed.”