“Let us become more aware of Your presence! Let us experience the glory of Your goodness!” God, let this be our prayer.
The Holy Spirit is God Himself! The Holy Spirit is present and active in the life of a believer and in the world. When Jesus walked the earth the Spirit was indeed active, but the Spirit was not available in each and every believer. As we read in Acts 2, the Spirit came in a whirlwind at Pentecost and is now living in believers, not simply resting upon believers. The Spirit “flooded” the house and filled the atmosphere and is still filling the atmosphere. The omnipresent God of creation is constantly present in His created world. Where the presence of the Lord is, there is freedom – our hearts become free and our shame is undone in the presence of the Lord.
Welcoming the Spirit into our midst in essence is more of a prayer that God would reveal His Spirit to us in a real way, open our hearts to the Spirit. We should yearn for the presence of the Spirit to be felt and experienced powerfully. God desires a real relationship with His people. God desires our adoration and praise and to be “what our hearts long for.” A prayer for God to be present is a prayer for God to be known by us. Asking the Spirit to be present in our worship gatherings means asking God to make Himself more known to us in our hearts, minds, perceptions, desires, and passions.
You see, it is the Spirit who reveals the truth of the Gospel to us. The Spirit guides us “into all the truth.” When we gather together for corporate worship the Word of God is opened and read aloud. In this setting the Spirit of God is present and active in revealing the truth of His Word – the very Word He breathed out. To gather without the expectation that the Spirit of God is active is to gather without the expectation that God will reveal His truth to you…what is the point?! Expect the Spirit to move! Know God is present! Believe this truth – There is nothing worth more, nothing that can compare to being consumed by the presence of our God. God is working around you. God is working in you. God is working through you.
Take a few moments and ask yourself these questions about the Spirit and your life.
- Do you believe the Spirit is active when you read Scripture? Do you read Scripture?
- Do you desire to let God work in your life?
- Do you expect to experience God when you go to a weekend gathering of the Church?
- What would it look like for you to ask the Spirit to reveal God’s deep truths to you every day?
- What would it feel like to give up the pursuit of knowledge for the pursuit of the God who gives knowledge?
“God, open our eyes to see the ways You ARE moving around us EVERY single day.”