Silence and Centering- PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Father, it is good to praise You and proclaim Your love in the morning and Your faithfulness at night. You are the One who makes me glad! Open my eyes to see the works of Your hands and sponsor in me, by Your Spirit, songs of joy, for You are worthy of the highest praise I can offer!Forgive me Father, for allowing my heart to be captured by the cares of this world instead of You and Your greatness. Like Paul and Silas, may I be found singing in the ‘prisons’ that I face! How thankful I am for the sacrifice of Jesus for my sin, that He has saved me completely and intercedes for me! Hallelujah! What a great salvation is mine! Lord, You are great and awesome!
May I always sing of Your great love, and make known with my mouth Your continuing faithfulness through all generations. For Your love stands firm forever-Your faithfulness stands firm in heaven itself. And I know that You are able to do above and beyond anything that I can even imagine. Help me to always enter into Your presence with thanksgiving and praise for You are good and Your love endures forever.
Thank You, Father, for reaching down and taking hold of me, for rescuing me and being my support in days of trouble. That You delight in me is beyond my ability to grasp. Help me Lord to hear the song that You sing over me. Satisfy me this morning with Your unfailing love, that I may sing for joy and be glad all day. May Your favor rest upon me, Lord. I ask that You establish the work of my hands this day, and may kingdom purposes be accomplished in and through my life for my hope is in You, the maker of heaven and earth. You are my great reward, and I praise Your Holy Name.
“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” Psalm 139:7
One of the most important pieces of spending time with God is encountering his presence. His presence is meant to be at the core of all that we do. God so hated separation from us that Jesus was sent to pay the ultimate price. And at Jesus’s death the curtain separating the Holy of Holies from mankind was torn in two—signifying that God’s presence was no longer contained but made available to everyone.
Psalm 139:7-8 says, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!” And Psalm 84:3-4 says, “Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise!” God’s presence is everywhere. There is nowhere you could go that he won’t be with you. There is no situation, conversation, job or place in which you can’t meet with God.
So how do we encounter the presence of God? How do we experience his nearness? Encountering God is similar to encountering another person. I don’t seek an experience with a friend; I simply seek to know him by spending time with him and gain an experience as a result. I don’t seek to hear the voice of a friend; I simply engage in conversation with him as an act of wanting to know him and hear his voice as a result.
The only thing about seeking God that makes it different is that he is spirit rather than flesh. John 4:24 says, “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” But it’s for that very reason that we can truly know him! Scripture is clear that God is everywhere and that the Holy Spirit dwells within us. His presence is already with you. Encountering him is as simple as taking some time to become aware of his nearness.
God longs for you to know him. So great is his desire to meet with you Spirit to spirit, heart to heart, that Jesus gave his life. Take time to simply seek God. Meditate on his word. Allow Scripture to fill your heart with faith. And make space to rest in God’s presence that your heart might come alive at the revelation of his nearness.
Father, I thank You for Your word. Please help me understand what the scriptures are saying. Help me apply it to my life. Holy Spirit, use the Bible and teach me, rebuke me, correct me and train me. Help me be the person You desire me to be. In Jesus’ name.
Conclude- PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE