An Invitation To Intimacy
” Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3
What if God does not demand prayer as much as gives prayer? What if God wants prayer in order to satisfy us? What if prayer is a means of God nourishing, restoring, healing, converting us? Suppose prayer is primarily allowing ourselves to be loved, addressed and claimed by God. What if praying means opening ourselves to the gift of God’s own self and presence? What if our part in prayer is primarily letting God be giver? Suppose prayer is not a duty but the opportunity to experience healing and transforming love? __ Martin Smith
The eternal, majestic God of the universe wants to be intimate with us! He wants us to call, to cry, to sing to Him. He longs to love, to refresh, to encourage us. He wants to answer our call and to tell us great and unsearchable thoughts. God wants us to know that He is always ready to commune; He is always ready to listen. He wants to be so much a part of our lives that we would naturally come to Him at all times. He tells us that we have to freedom to call to Him wherever we are, about anything on our hearts. He delights in being involved with His children, and prayer is His gift and His invitation to intimacy.
“Pray for a desire to respond to God’s call to intimacy. “
To pray is to let Jesus come into our hearts. This teaches us, in the first place, that it is not our prayer which moves the Lord Jesus. It is Jesus who moves us to pray. He knocks. Thereby He makes known His desire to come in to us. Our prayers are always a result of Jesus knocking at our hearts’ doors.
Desiring intimacy with God ought to be the delight of my life and a choice gladly made I think of Daniel it didn’t matter what decrees were or what his schedule was; nothing kept him from his time with God certainly God revealed to Daniel incredible things he did not know I am deeply aware of my need for this remarkable reminder from the Lord about how much He desires to bless me. He invites us, and He waits for us to call.
David’s heartfelt desire was to respond to God’s call to intimacy.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice, and be gracious to me and answer me. When You said,” seek my face, ” my heart said to you, Your face,O Lord, I shall seek. (Psalm 27:7-8)