Good morning, Lord Jesus. I'm seeking Your face and listening for Your voice, as I press in to the place of intimacy in prayer.
"And He said, 'Let Me go, for the day breaks.' But (Jacob) said, 'I will not let You go, unless You bless me!' So He said to him, 'What is your name?' He said, 'Jacob.' And He said, 'Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.' Then Jacob asked, saying, 'Tell me Your name, I pray.' And He said, 'Why is it that you ask about My name?' And He blessed him there. So Jacob called that name of that place Peniel: 'For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved' " (Genesis 32:26-30).
Last night I helped lead a time of prayer and worship in the chapel of the Huntsville Downtown Rescue Mission. I was sitting in the chapel with the men and women who for various situations find themselves staying there. Men and women who were praying out of hearts of complete humility and brokenness. They were praying out of a raw longing and desperation for God because their life depended on it. Their prayers were like those of the tax collector Jesus spoke of in Luke, “But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:13-14)
Jesus also said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 5:3)
Those in the chapel, like Jacob in the passage above, would not let go until God blessed them. We pressed into God, We pressed into God, We pressed into God, and God’s presence showed up in that chapel and it was thick with the Holy Spirit and we shared an amazing encounter with God.
As the dawn of this new day breaks, with the same desperation and humility I encountered last night I want to take hold of you God with my heart in prayer and not let go. I want to press in deep. I want to position myself to trust in Your promises and embrace Your blessings. And from the very depths of my spirit, I want to see Your face and hear Your voice.
God, you never let me go. Holy Spirit please keep me desperately clinging to God and never let go. Even as I ask for Your blessing, I know I already have it by the grace of God. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3). Give me grace to live into that truth today. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
My ODC family, I pray you will spend time in complete rawness before God and experience the intimacy of God as you seek His face and press into Him in prayer and never let Him go. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friends!
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