Praying with Expectation

FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016

God is Always With Us

Key Bible Verse: 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, NIV)

Dig Deeper: Hebrews 11

This side of heaven true worshipers will always long for a greater apprehension of and encounter with God and his character. We can be grateful for God’s blessings and our present experiences of him, but still pray and long for greater manifestations of his power, glory, and beauty.

The example of the early church shows us that trusting in God’s sovereignty doesn’t preclude asking God to reveal his presence and power to us in demonstrable ways. At the end of Acts 4, the disciples expressed absolute confidence that God had been directing everything that had taken place up to that point (vv. 27-28), but that in no way diminished the disciples’ expectation that God would do wondrous things through them (v.30). God’s sovereignty is the foundation for expecting his active and experienced presence.

Genuine revivals are filled with countless examples of the living God visiting his people in presence and power. His normal activities increase in their intensity and scope. People are overcome by conviction of their sins, break down into tears, shake uncontrollably in the fear of God, and experience inexplicable peace and joy. Lukewarm Christians repent, sinners are converted, and ordinary activities are accompanied by extraordinary power. God reveals his presence for his glory. Why wouldn’t we want to pursue similar works of God among us today?

– Bob Kauflin in True Worshipers


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