Determine the Cost of the Call
There is a cost to pursuing God’s Presence. It takes time. It takes focus. It takes effort.
“Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.” (Hebrews 4:11) NIV
Many “good” things we do in the name of Christ may actually be keeping us from that which is most important and “best”.
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
(Luke 10:41-11:1, NIV)
The one thing required in this pursuit is our time with the Lord. This will cost us. It could be sleep, food, relationships, activities, hobbies, money, but mostly our TIME. Priorities, relationships, and routines must change in order to make room for seeking God’s Presence. This is true, not only personally, but corporately. We must be ready to do whatever it takes.
The only way we will follow through with the cost is being convinced of the call.
“…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14-15, NIV)
If we want God’s tangible Presence to come to our communities, we must have a conviction of heart that this is the ONLY way for lasting transformation to occur. We must come to the place where every other man-made effort or human attempt is set aside for something…more.
Are you convinced of the call? Are you ready to pursue God’s Presence, no matter the cost?
Here are some resources to assist in your process:
- Desperate for His Presence by Rhonda Hughey
- Transformed by Alistair Petrie
- God’s Design For Challenging Times by Alistair Petrie
- Extraordinary Intercession by Alistair Petrie
- Pursuing a Transformed Nation by Dave Kubal
- Desperate Prayer by John Mulinde
- A Sacred Trust (PDF) by Alistair Petrie