Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
I wonder what people sometimes think when they pray to invite God into their presence when He has already said in His Word that when we gather, and there are more than two or three, He IS there in the midst.
Which makes me think – Am I satisfied with the distance I feel in my relationship with God, or do I desire a closeness? I can say all I want, but unless my prayer life changes, my Bible reading, study, and meditation become more, I will not move very far from where I am right now.
As we all have seasons in our lives, this is one thing, the presence of God in our life, takes the most diligence to maintain. Finding that daily rhythm of reading and hearing His voice takes focus and energy. There will be seasons of busyness that may take us away from the opportunities we need to draw close.
There will be little distractions, attention-getting things that seem to suck up our time. Often, technology has taken center stage with all the notifications we receive for emails, texts, messages, and the like. We must desire the presence of God so much that we push back on those things that steal away our attention to His voice and His presence.
Viewing the fight to maintain these things as warfare is something God tries to teach each of His children.
1 Timothy 1:18 “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;”
Paul knew and schooled young Timothy on this very thing.
2 Timothy 2:3-4 “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
If I see the ‘affairs of this life’ as an enemy, then I can do combat. But when those things that come against me aren’t overtly evil, I justify their presence and miss the opportunity to draw closer to Him. It may be the movies we watch, the books that we read, the people we have in our life.
Everyone has different things that capture our attention. When we value the presence of God in our life above ALL things, we can rightly do battle and find He will aid us in the fight. We must prioritize and plan for the time we spend with our Heavenly Father.
Colossians 1:18 “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”
My prayer for you is that you can put your relationship with God, the Father center stage. Allowing Him to choose how our time is spent, what it is we do, where we go, and with whom we will fellowship.
When we find likeminded people who desire the presence of God in their life, we will then experience His Spirit in such a way that the fruit will be more and more evident.