This devotional comes from “Solid Joys,” the Android and iOS app from Desiring God that features daily devotions by John Piper.
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Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. (James 4:8)
If you are hungry for the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19), what should be your next move?
Here is one suggestion. Take a personal prayer retreat.
James says, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.”
Consider Charles Finney’s experience. He said that God gave him many fillings with the Holy Spirit:
That went through me, as it seemed, body and soul. I immediately found myself endued with such power from on high that a few words dropped here and there to individuals were the means of their immediate conversion. My words seemed to fasten like barbed arrows in the souls of men. They cut like a sword. They broke the heart like a hammer. Multitudes can attest to this. . . . Sometimes I would find myself in a great measure empty of this power. I would go and visit, and find that I made no saving impression. I would exhort and pray with the same results. I would then set apart a day for private fasting and prayer. . . . After humbling myself and crying out for help, the power would return upon me with all its freshness. This has been the experience of my life.
John Hyde and R. M’Cheyene Patterson waited before God for thirty days leading up to a missionary conference in India. After a week’s break, George Turner joined them, and for twenty-one more days and nights, they prayed and praised God for a mighty outpouring of his power. Over the years, thousands came into the kingdom through the prayers of these men.
Can you find a time and place? One missionary in India used to get on the train, ride to the next stop, get off, and sit half a day in the railway waiting room, where no one knew him, in order to seek God in “solitude.” Planning is the key.
Take a Bible, a hymnal, a note pad, a concordance, and a solid devotional book on prayer or the Spirit or revival. Let the Spirit guide you in seeking the Lord.
God is willing and eager to meet you: “Return to me and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 3:7; Zechariah 1:3).
Pour over the Scriptures. Let them be your prayer.
Pray with Moses, “Show me your glory” (Exodus 33:18).
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Today was a very special day for me. I got a lot of gifts from God as usual for today with the two of them being unusual.
The first gift is something very special and private I cannot tell in this post.
The second gift, on the opposite, is a painful one yet I need it very much.
It was in a debate practice, in a moment when I almost forgot about God, grew prideful and relied on myself. I was disciplined by God through my mentor’s words – who I proudly recognise as a great and faithful man in God – that were basically building. It was me who felt the pain, but I know that the Mentor wants me to become a better oralist.
As soon as I got home and prepared for tomorrow’s activities, I did the exact thing today’s devotional said: I read the Bible and I prayed, asking for guidances from God as I accept this disciplinary moment as another bent from God to shape me as He wants. The verses I read come from Hebrews 12:4-13.
Lord did it. He gave me the meekness to embrace His grace in the form of disciplinary.
God’s works are true, and He will give us everything we ask Him for in the prayer (Matthew 7:8).
Lord Jesus blesses you!