Friday, August 27, 2021

Entering His Presence

 

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Hebrews 12:22-24 (NET) But you have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the assembly and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does.

Dan struggled with his prayer life for years. Many times he prayed, he wasn't sure his prayers were powerful or if God really heard him. He felt that he was drowning in the sea of guilt and fear because he could not communicate with the Lord God as he should.

But his prayer life experienced a breakthrough when he heard a sermon based on today's Bible verses and realized that each time he came to God in prayer, spiritually, he was coming into the city of the living God. He now understood why the Lord wants us to pray without season(1 Thess 5:17). The Lord loves us so much that He doesn't ever want us to come out of His heavenly city. Praying without ceasing is only possible for the spirit-filled believer. This is when a believer maintains unbroken communion with the Lord in his heart through prayer, thanksgiving, psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, singing and making melody in his heart, etc (see Epph 5:18-20).

If for any reason, your spiritual connection with God is interrupted, the easiest way to re-establish it is by thanksgiving and praise.

We see in scripture that we enter into God's gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise(Psalm 100:4). The Lord must have opened the eye of the psalmist to see the spiritual mount Zion, the city of the living God. He saw that the passcode with which God's people could enter the city gates and God's temple courts was thanksgiving and praise. 

Go into today remembering that when you pray, you can pray from afar or you can come into God's presence and have communion with Him. The secret to entering His presence is thanksgiving and praise.

Prayer: Lord God, please help me always dwell in your presence and grow in communion with you. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

Bible in 1 Year: Leviticus 19-21 (in today's audio)

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