Prayer Summary for November 12

The following excerpt was taken from Hosting the Presence by Pastor Bill Johnson:

Can God Come to Where He Is?

Some are bothered when we talk about God coming into a situation, His Spirit falling upon us, or the Holy Spirit moving in a meeting, etc. Often, as we get ready to minister to people, we will invite the Holy Spirit to come, in the John Wimber fashion. The question is, “Why invite God to come when He is already here?” It’s a good question. It makes no sense whatsoever to pray that way unless we understand that there are different measures and dimensions of God’s Presence. When He is here, there is always more to come. It’s important to hunger for and invite that increase. Isaiah had a perception of this reality, saying, “I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple” (Isa. 6:1). The word filling implies that His robe filled the temple, but then continued to fill it. He came, but He kept coming. There is always more!

This is at least a partial list of these measures of His Presence; each one is an increase of the previous:

• God first inhabits everything and holds all things together (see Col. 1:17). He is everywhere, the glue that holds His creation in place.

• A second dimension of God’s Presence is His indwelling Holy Spirit in the lives of those who have been born again. He specifically comes to make us His tabernacle.

• A third dimension is seen when believers gather in His name. As He promised, He is “there in their midst” (Matt. 18:20). This is where the principle of exponential increase comes into play.

• A fourth measure or dimension occurs when God’s people praise Him, for He says He “inhabits the praises of His people” (see Ps. 22:3). He is already in our midst but has chosen to manifest Himself upon us more powerfully in that atmosphere.

• A fifth measure is seen when the Temple of Solomon was dedicated: God came so profoundly that priests were incapacitated (see 1 Kings 8:10-11). No one could even stand, let alone play instruments or sing. They were completely undone at that measure of Presence.

I mention these five levels only as principles, in an effort to give a snapshot of how He longs to increase His manifestation upon His people. The day of Pentecost and the gift of the baptism in the Holy Spirit may in fact illustrate all of these principles combined as an entire city came under the influence of God’s manifest Presence.

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Father, we make room for more of Your presence today
Waiting on You to come and fill us even more
Father, we position ourselves to be still and quiet as we wait on You
There is always more of You to be to be found
You are so faithful Father
More strength, more revelation
We ask that Your presence would saturate ministries all over this earth
Hearts and minds yielded more and more to Your manifested presence in Jesus’ name
Thank You, Father, that everything is worked out for good in Your presence
Saturate us with Your very self and fill our mouths with words of life
Ministering and meeting needs around us today from the overflow of Your presence
Father, Thank You, for the awesome opportunity of waiting in You presence and taking Your presence with us today in Jesus’ name

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