The Altar of His Presence: Inspiring Intimate Encounters with the Glory of God
Each of us is in danger of being infected by the anti-Christ viruses that are so prevalent in our secular society. The spirit of the world almost chokes us at times. Possessions, power, prestige, and prominence are its symptoms. God’s preventive vaccines and healing antibiotics start to take effect with our coming forward into Scripture, prayer, a godly friendship, or a small group of Christ followers.
The Lord promised Jeremiah that He would answer us and tell us great and unsearchable things we do not know. He also told the prophet that if we would come, call, and pray to Him, He would listen to us and that when we seek Him with all of our heart we will find Him. In his letters to the Christ followers in Rome and Philippi, Paul wrote, “there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him” as well as, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
For many, the altar’ed life begins like the story of Bartimaeus in Mark’s gospel. When the blind beggar realized his opportunity to have a transformed life, he began to call out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him, but he shouted all the more. He called until his answer came, until he was brought to Jesus, until the Lord opened his eyes to the light, until his life was "altar’ed." Don’t stop calling. If you will call, He will answer.