Closer – Day 19

January 6, 2020

DAY 19: ​TO EXPERIENCE GOD’S PRESENCE AND POWER

Psalm 43:3-4:​ Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

I remember the first time I really felt the presence of God. Not those moments of ‘Jesus Chills’ where you know the Spirit is leading you on to something, but the first time there was weight and a person alongside, that Presence when the Holy Spirit wasn’t just prompting, but came down in force. It all happened when I was meeting with someone that I looked up to, for lunch.  He had asked me to lunch to see how I was doing and to see how he could be praying for me. I shared with him that I had been praying that I could grow closer to God, and that I wanted to know the purpose for my life. We had the normal conversation of how families were doing and how work was going, but then he took the conversation a little bit deeper.

He talked about the struggles of his past, and how Jesus had set him free.  He then told me how Jesus gave him freedom from his past, and that I could have that freedom too. I wanted that freedom. What I saw in him, was exactly the relationship with Jesus that I wanted.  I felt like Jesus was sitting at that table with us having lunch. I remember leaving that meeting, feeling like I had just had an encounter with Jesus. I was driving home, singing “How Great is Our God” (even though I didn’t really know the words), weeping; overflowing with joy about who Jesus is, and all that He had done to set me free.

Reflect:

  • Have you met and encountered the Holy Spirit of God? When and where was that? What led up to that encounter?
  • How are you different because of that moment? What has changed in and around you because of that?
  • As we begin to draw our time of fasting to a close, where has God shown up in your life? 

Prayer:

God, I pray that Your Spirit comes down in real and powerful ways in my life. Come alongside me today and demonstrate who You are. Show me the power of Your radical love, show me who I am because of what You have done, and show me how that can impact those around me with Your will and love. Come alongside me in my interactions with others, in my conversations with You, and in how I treat my family and my friends. Be near to me, show me Your presence and Your power, and make me a different person because of how You love me. But more than anything, I pray that You show up in my life. I acknowledge that there is no church, there is no faith without You, and so I pray that You are present and vibrant in all that I think, say, and do.

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