Practicing the presence of God

“I must first have the sense of God’s possession of me
before I can have the sense of His presence with me.”

Watchman Nee

(remains of St Kevin’s Monastery, Glendalough National Park, County Wicklow, Ireland / Julie Cook / 2015)

A.W. Tozer tells us that to the convinced Christian, “the practice of the presence of God” consists not of projecting an imaginary object from within his own mind and then seeking to realize its presence; it is rather to recognize the real presence of the One whom all sound theology declare to be already there, an objective entity, existing apart from any apprehension of Him on the part of His creatures.
The resultant experience is not visionary but real.

The world would have us all believe otherwise…

It is however our faith, our belief, our experience, our relationship that teaches us, tells us, assures us that His presence is indeed real…without doubt….
yet…we are left with a nagging…
what then…?

The question begs….
What then are we do with and in this realness that is a distinct part of our God?
What of the intimacy of the relationship?
The going deeper?
The nurturing?
The growth?
The sharing?

Is merely accepting, believing and moving forward enough?
Is that all there is or all there should be…
to believe in, pray to, to worship…
the Great I AM, Elohim, YHVH, Jehovah, Yahweh..
The name that truly, we the created, are not worthy, not equal to, not “friends” with…to utter.

To approach with reverence and awe
To be silent and still
To empty ourselves of everything…
of the distractions
the preoccupations
the materialism
the worry
the fear
the fretting
the lamenting
the sorrowfulness

To become wholly empty…
making a space within a space that is open and vast
Hungry and yearning
Desiring, wanting, needing…
Needing so desperately that it hurts…
Just as a wound would cause pain…then ache…so does the empty heart…

Oh to be filled with the only thing that can soothe, refresh, renew and heal
The One who yearns to fill that space
Yet will not reveal Himself, unless we come before Him, in total submisson.
No bravado, no ego, no toughness, no holier than thou, no anger, no resentment,
no bitterness, no pride, no self….
Only humble emptiness…longing to be filled by the One who longs for communion
with the created….

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Hebrews 11:6

8 comments on “Practicing the presence of God

  1. Wow, wow, wow!!! The opening quote gave me goosebumps and they continued all the way through this one. And you said your inspiration has waned. I think not. When mine wanes it sure as heck doesn’t produce greatness such as this. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

  2. Little Paddler and I have signed up to be weekly Adorers. Can’t wait. Used to do it before she came along and then life took over and I was always conscious of her making too much noise in the small Adoration Chapel. Now I have decided I’ll just go and run with it. Can’t wait.

    • I think the concept of an Adorer is so special—growing up Anglican, we weren’t much adorers… and as I’ve grown in the faith, I see it as a deeply spiritual component of our shared faith—a role similar to the ones who were entrusted to be present at the Temple, 24/7 to be with the Holy of Holies——It is a living testament that man can recognize the Greatness of the tangible links with have to our Risen Lord—respect, reverence, commitment—three things greatly lacking today in mankind—I think it fitting to have the wee paddler in tow—she will learn young at her mother’s knee those key ingredients to nurturing a soul—and good for you to get back to that place in your faith where you could have your time with Him so to speak–as I know all too well that that aspect of my life went woefully by the wayside as motherhood came into full force—
      Adore on my friend 🙂

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