When Heaven stops manifesting itself in the Church, Christians have to ‘prove’ somehow that they are reasonable for following Jesus. When the power of the Gospel is replaced by arguments… and the Church insists on a logical gospel… everyone should be concerned… A person experiencing the touch of Heaven is proof enough that Jesus is who He says He is.
Do you carry a burden for someone else? Let’s take them to Gethsemane and meet Jesus there in prayer.
Look for Him as He’s weeping before the Father on their behalf. Kneel beside Him and agree with what He prays.
Ask the Lord what He feels about that burden and connect with His heart. Speak the words, ‘Lord, let Your heart be comforted’ and watch what He says and does. Follow Him emotionally until He comes to peace or joy. Let His comfort overflow to you.
Then ask Him, ‘Why are You at peace concerning this burden?’ or ‘Why are You joyful about this person?’ He will usually answer with a word of promise that ignites faith in us to intercede.
- God Himself is never blocked. Whenever we have trouble hearing, God is fully capable of speaking to you in a way you cannot mistake. So, why doesn’t He?
- God led You there. Whenever we feel blocked in our ability to hear, it is because something exists that God wants us to see.
- There’s always a way in. If one particular door doesn’t seem to open, I should try the next one. No need to walk away in defeat.
This is our one hundredth post on the Explore blog!
Crossing over into other imaginary lands is familiar to readers of Christian authors like C.S. Lewis. But it should be just as familiar to readers of Bible writers and prophets such as Daniel, Ezekiel or John. Sometimes visions and dreams were something the prophets ‘saw’. At other times, they were more like spiritual places where they were taken to meet God. Continue reading “Meeting God in Dreams and Visions”
Ask God to remind you of a memory that represents a ‘first’ for you. Maybe it was a first day at a school or job. It might be a first performance or a first date. As you step back into that memory, do you remember how you felt that day?
Jesus says ‘I am with you always’ and ‘I will never leave you or abandon you’. Now ask Jesus to show you where He was on that occasion. Ask Him, ‘What were you doing?’ He loves to show us that He is with us, even in our darkest times. As you sense His presence in that memory, draw close to Him and tell Him how you felt. What does He say or do about that?
Our friend Lorna meets God under a clear blue sky. Our friend Bruce met God while imagining a walk by the river he’d done for real the previous evening. Annette meets God at the same farm gate on her weekday morning cycle route. Often I meet God on a beach we went to as a family on holiday.
Do you have a familiar physical place where you enjoy meeting with God? Maybe its a favourite room to pray. Maybe a particular chair or place you like to sit or kneel. Continue reading “Meeting God in Physical Places”
Ask God to bring a Bible story to mind. Read the story. Begin to pray. Ask God to help you picture it, with your eyes closed. Look for colours, shapes and textures. Take note of the various characters and what they are doing. Where are you in the story? Where is Christ? Walk through the plot with Him, interacting as if you were there. Continue reading “Meeting God in Biblical Events”
We had an inspiring time at Explore with Leisa yesterday talking about places to meet God.
Plenty of people met God on a mountain, or under a tree, in a tent of meeting, or an ordinary place that became such holy ground they had to remove their shoes. Continue reading “Meeting God in Biblical Locations”
We can meet God in Psalm 23 in green pastures, beside still waters, with Jesus the Good Shepherd restoring our soul, guiding us along right paths and comforting us in dark times. Try meeting God there. Find the table He has prepared. What is on the table? What does that mean? Does the Good Shepherd give you peace?
We can meet Jesus at the Cross. Continue reading “Meeting God in Biblical images”
As we continue to investigate Listening Prayer as a congregation, here is another exercise to try.
Ask the Lord who you should picture before Him today. Ask Him where He would like you to meet that person.
Picture yourself taking that person to meet God there. Present that person to the Lord. Tell the Lord why you are burdened for that person and ask for His help.
Watch and see what Jesus does. Bless what He is doing and ask for more. Continue reading “Intercession”