Today I was reading in the Gospel of Mark and came across a verse that really hit home with me. It is in Mark 1:45. The part that really jumped out at me was the last sentence.
Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.
Jesus was no longer able to go to the people in towns but the people continued coming to Jesus. As I read that verse I was again reminded that people WILL go to where God is moving! At the core of every human being is a desire to worship God. Why? That is what we were created to do! We may not realize it. Others may not realize it. But within every one of us is a desire to know God and to worship Him as God. When He is present people WILL be drawn to Him whether it is in a traditional sanctuary, a high school auditorium, or a tobacco barn! It’s not the place, but who is in the place that matters.
I honestly do not know that I have ever had a stronger desire in my heart to be in God’s presence and to see Him move in an incredible way! My heart is longing for the presence of God in my own life as well as in the lives of others. I want to drink deeply from the living water of God! I want to see it overflow in my life to a dry and thirsty world! I WANT the same for you!
My prayer is that God would awaken us to the reality of who He is and the true riches that we have in Jesus! That those who are both near and far from God would experience a great awakening within their hearts and that new life would be born!
As I was praying this morning the prayer Paul prayed for the Ephesians came to mind. You can find it in Ephesians 1:15-19. Often times we read the Bible as if it were written to someone else. Remember the Bible wasn’t just written to an audience 1000’s of years ago. It is God’s letter to us! I want us to make these scriptures personal and pray them for ourselves and for this community. I want us to specifically focus on verses 17-19. Here’s the prayer I am asking you to pray:
Lord, give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that we may know you better! Enlighten our hearts so that we can know the hope to which you have called us, the riches of your glorious inheritance in us, and your incomparably great power for us who believe! Amen!
I would encourage you to copy and paste this to a word document, write it on a card to keep in your car, or better yet, memorize it! Let’s pray it like crazy and believe that God is going to draw us deeper and bring others closer!
I love you guys! Love our church! #Ephesians1:17-19
Heart and Soul!