I wasn’t sure what it meant when God started urging me to “press in.” I remember when He first told me several years ago, I was like how do I do that? I started most of my mornings in quiet time, so it didn’t initially click.
So I started reading my bible like 10 minutes longer than normal. Ok, God, I’m doing it, I think. Months later, again He tells me to press in. So I prayed longer. A year later He tells me again and out of frustration I asked, “How do I press in?”
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord.” – Proverbs 8
That’s when He spoke a powerful revelation to me. One night after a worship service at a church I was invited to, a young African girl I’ve never seen walks up to me. She looks straight at me and says, “I have a word from the Lord for you. He is always speaking but you are too busy. He is always speaking. He has so much to say. You need to saturate yourself in His word.” Then she walked away. Ten minutes later she finds me and again repeats word for word, everything she said before. Then she finishes by saying, “the Lord really wants you to get this.”
You see, it can be easy to think we are good enough as Christians. We believe in God, we may serve our church, we may be part of outreaches, or read His word, worship, and live pretty moral every day.
But He wants sooo much more. He wants us. All of us. Our whole heart, soul and mind. We must stay hungry and crave His presence.
To know Him, to hear His voice clearly, to cultivate a deep intimacy and to live in true freedom we must dig deeper for that hidden gem. It’s not easy and quick but it’s worth it. To help you in practical ways, I have learned to silence all distractions (phone, computer, noise), spend hours just thanking Him, worshipping Him and be silent. It’s funny, cause He always takes care of the tasks if I choose Him first. Fall in love with Jesus and everything changes.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full, in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dimIn the light of His glory and grace” –Hillsong
“Lord, create in me a hunger like never before for more of you and your presence. I want to hear you, to know your heart and be free of this worlds worry. You alone can satisfy. Amen.”
Susan Shearer says
I absolutely love and appreciate this Leah. Thank you .
When I went through chemo I was stripped of so much of my brain capacity . I asked God ?Now whatThank you! Immediately I heard , ?Draw closer to Me.? And that?s exactly what I did. I count my cancer all joy as it was the most intimate time with God I?ve ever experienced before or since. Lately I?ve been longing for it, aching for it – without the cancer. I?ve been wanting to get back to that close of a walk with Him when I was overflowing with joy and love for everyone.
Thank you for reminding me there is always more I can be giving of myself to God and our relationship. Thank you! God bless you, Leah.