The other day I woke up hungry. I needed a touch from the Lord. Years ago, when I was teaching at Brownsville Revival School of Ministry, many of the students had a misconception about the faculty. In their minds, we could walk on water. And maybe one day I will, but if so, it will be from building a solid love relationship with Yeshua, just like everyone else.
So the other day I woke up and realized I had not enjoyed the presence of God in a significant way for some time. I determined that morning to find Him… and I did.
1. Hunger is the key ingredient in finding the presence of God. He places a high value on this state of being. Imagine a young man standing at the altar waiting for his bride to be. He is so excited to begin his new life. When he looks at her at the entrance of the sanctuary, she seems distracted, disinterested. She is wearing jeans and reading People magazine. Now imagine how that would affect the young man. In the same way, it is not enough that we confess faith in Yeshua. We must passionately pursue him. Are you hungry for a touch from God? Then express that!
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (Matt. 5:6)
2. Next, I opened up to the Psalms. I have found that no matter what I am going through I can usually find a Psalm to encourage me. The Word of God is our roadmap to His presence.
You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you. (Psalm 63:1-5)
Like David, I felt dry—spiritually in a desert. And like the King of Israel, I longed for His presence. He did not let this state of being (running from Absalom, without access to the Tabernacle where he worshipped) detour him from seeking God, but rather he pursued Him.
Reading the Word of God made me even more determined to find His presence. The word of God is life! And while I love His presence, the Word keeps us balanced and stable. Experience apart from God’s Word can lead to deception!
Are you hungry? Then take hold of the Word and ask God for fresh revelation.
3. Lastly, I got quiet. Years ago I learned that the single most powerful key to enjoying God is for me to shut up! My prayer life is usually ‘Ron talking to God,’ and while this has been very effective, the Lord has something to say too.
I turned on some worship music, lifted up my hands, stopped praying and got silent before my Maker.
Be still and know that I am God. (Ps. 46:10)
According to that tiny verse, the key to knowing God is being still—quiet! And it worked. As I quieted myself before the Lord, His Presence began to build in my spirit and led me to a wonderful, strengthening time with Yeshua.
If you are a little dry today, get alone with the Lord and put these three keys into action. And then let me know what happens below in the comments area.
QUESTION: What other keys have helped you breakthrough into His presence? Comment below!