I used to think that the presence of Jesus could only be found in a killer worship set, where everyone’s hands would be raised and people would be singing their hearts out. While the presence of Jesus is in that room, and many are encountering the love of Jesus during that incredible time, I have always personally struggled to think that I can encounter Jesus every day, at anytime.
Recently, I found that in my time with the Lord, in the word, in prayer and in worship, is equally as vibrant and profoundly just as spiritual as those times in a great worship setting. The presence of the Lord is not attached to a set number of minutes in prayer, or a set number of verses I read, or a really good chorus, but rather the condition of our heart.
A heart that is ready to experience the Lord is constantly asking “am I willing to press into the presence of Jesus?” God already wants to spend time with us, we are his creation after all. It is our choice to seek the Lord. Just like it was a choice in the garden to eat of the fruit, we now have the choice to press into God.
A great example of this is in the book of Genesis, where mankind hid themselves from the presence of the Lord, because they knew that they were naked. Who told them that they were naked? God at this point had not told them that they were naked; this comes after they eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Choosing to receive their knowledge not just from God. Think about this, that God created us to be constantly with Him, that He would provide everything that was necessary, both physically and intellectually. The fruit of this tree places choice to leave God and His presence, and depend upon knowledge that is separate from that of which is Gods. You can read the text here:
8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the [c]cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
When we approach the Lord we need to come with the understanding that yes we are broken, but God still desires to be with us. Just like in Genesis, where God called out asking, “where are you”, God still desires to be with us. He is looking for us to be with Him, to worship Him, to be in His presence. I will leave you with this thought; the next time you don’t want to spend time with God, and you press in, that is the most valuable and likely most important time that you can spend with the Father. He will show up, no matter your circumstance, it is good being constantly surrounded by the father, it is more rewarding than anything else that you could do. Press in.