Inviting His Presence

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FOCUS:

When you enter your secret place, ask God to fill it! Spending time with Him is about getting to know Him better. Asking Him to fill your time together with His presence is really asking Him to show you more of Himself so you can get to know Him more. You can invite Him in by opening in worship, by reading the word of God, by talking with Him, even by sitting quietly so He knows you’re listening. However you choose to invite His presence to move, it lets God know that you‘ve come expecting, ready to experience more of Him.

Experiencing His presence is not only limited to your time in the secret place. God’s presence is yours to carry with you always, because you have the Spirit of God living inside of you. Brother Lawrence, a French monk who lived in the 17th century, wrote in his book Practicing the Presence of God: “Think often on God, by day, by night, in your business and even in your diversions. He is always near you and with you; leave Him not alone.” You can talk with Him, worship Him and be with Him all day long, everywhere you are. It’s a choice to stay focused on His presence.

God has so much to share with you. Invite His presence in. Think of him saying this to you today: “My child, I am a gentleman. I am waiting for your invitation to go to deeper places together. I am always with you, in every moment, but there are deeper places in the Spirit we can visit together. Come away with Me, and experience the power of My presence. You will find nothing more fulfilling than spending time with Me. Come to Me, because I have so much to share with you.”

If you want to invite God’s presence, focus your mind and your thoughts on Him throughout your day. When you’re driving in the car, taking a shower, going for a walk, or traveling between classes – use that time to talk with God and invite His presence to be with you in the moment. God is ready to meet with you, no matter where you are.

PRAY:

Lord, I invite Your presence. I know that You are always with me, but I invite You to take me into the deeper places of Your Spirit. I ask You to show me things I do not yet know. Fill our time together with the power and the joy of Your presence. I choose to come boldly before You! I long to know You more. So, I ask you to show me more. I want to sense Your presence with me all day long, everywhere I go. I want to walk closely together with You, in Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!

MEDITATE:

The Bible is God speaking to us. When we need clarity or answers, we need only open its pages to see what God has to say. This week, spend time studying the scriptures below and l hear God’s heart to you about creating a secret place with Him:

[Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT] “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

[1 Chronicles 16:29 NLT] Give to the LORD the glory He deserves! Bring your offering and come into His presence. Worship the LORD in all His holy splendor.

[Psalm 16:11 NLT] You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever.

[Romans 13:14 NLT] Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.

[Ephesians 3:12 NLT] Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

[Hebrews 4:16 NLT] So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

[Jude 1:24 NLT] Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into His glorious presence without a single fault.