Posted by: pastortomvabeach | September 26, 2012

Thought for the Week September 30, 2012

We have sensed the prompting of the Holy Spirit to call the church to serious and specific fasting and prayer for 40 weeks. We began on September 1, 2012, and will continue until June 1, 2013. The main purpose of this emphasis on prayer is asking God to bring true spiritual revival to the United States. To be revived means something is or was alive and has not been exhibiting all of the characteristics of life, in fact, may be withering or dying. Revival is not something that happens to non-believers because they have never been alive. When we seek revival, we’re asking God to make His people, the church, Jesus’ followers, truly alive again!

Last Sunday, Pastor Doug talked about seeking God’s face. His purpose was to encourage you and me to make this activity of prayer something more than an exercise of repeating needs to God but rather make it something very personal, something intimate, something life changing.

Over and over in the Scripture God reaches out to us and says, “Come to Me, seek My face, I want your company.” Pastor Doug referred to Daniel Henderson’s definition of God’s face which represents His person and presence while defining His hand as His blessing and provision. How often are we guilty of only coming to God for blessing and provision?

The most vivid thing I heard Sunday was the questions Pastor Doug’s dad used to ask him: When was the last time you told God you loved Him, and, When was the last time you talked with God without asking for anything? If we are going to get “personal” about prayer, I think we need to ask ourselves those questions often and then answer them by doing what they ask.

Rather than fill up your time with more reading, why not ask yourself those questions and then get busy making prayer personal? Jeremiah 29:11-13, says, I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus uses similar words, Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

I wonder if we really grasp how much God wants us to simply draw near to Him and let Him lavish His loving grace upon us. If we did we might find ourselves more often seeking and finding Him in a much more personal and life-changing way. Are you seeking? Are you drawing near? Are you making it personal? A thought to stir your soul.

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