[ecko_quote source=" Psalms 27:4"]One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple[/ecko_quote]
To pray, we must enter into God’s presence with the right spirit, approach, and preparation. The term “entering into God’s presence” is frequently used in the church today to refer to worship and prayer. However, in casual, twenty-first century Christianity, few really understand this concept. We often fall short of entering into God’s presence because we lack a genuine reverence for Him. In good olden days, a man would remove his hat when he walked past a church in order to show respect for the place in which God was worshipped. Today, we say, “That’s unnecessary. It’s the attitude of the heart that counts.” Yet I think we have lost the attitude with the custom.
We need to be spiritually sensitive to God’s holiness, might, and worthiness of reverence. We must also enter God’s presence with a heart of love. Jesus said the greatest commandment of all is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37).
God is saying to the church, in essence, “Don’t obey Me because of the things you want from Me. Obey Me because you love Me. ‘If you love me, you will obey what I command’ (John 14:15). If you love Me, you won’t need chastisement and discipline to do what I ask of you.” God doesn’t want us to use Him merely as safety insurance from hell. He wants a relationship, not a religion.
He wants to be our Father. He wants communion with us—an atmosphere of intimacy in which we express our love, discover His will and then pursue it. Communion is entering into the mind and heart of God to become one with Him and His purposes.
Prayer: Father, please show me how to have oneness of heart with You. I want to give You the reverence and love that You deserve. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Thought: Enter God’s presence with the right spirit, approach, and preparation.