I wasn’t sure what it meant when God started urging me to “press in.” I remember when He first told me several years ago, I was like how do I do that? As an already devout Christian where I started most my mornings in quiet time, it initially didn’t click. So I started reading my bible like 10 minutes longer than normal. Ok God I’m doing it, I think. Months later, again He tells me to press in. So I prayed longer. A year later He tells me again and out of frustration I asked, “How do I press in?”
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord” – Proverbs 8
That’s when He spoke a powerful revelation to me. One night after a worship service at a church, a young African girl I’ve never seen, walks up to me. She says to me, “I have a word from the Lord for you. He is always speaking but you are too busy. He is always speaking. He has so much too say. You need to saturate yourself in His word.” Then she walked away. Ten minutes later she finds me and again repeats word for word, everything she said before then lastly says, “the Lord really wants you to get this.”
You see, it can be easy to think we are good enough as Christians. We believe in God, we may serve our church, we may be part of outreaches, or read His word, worship and live pretty moral everyday.
But He wants sooo much more. He wants us. All of us. Our whole heart, soul and mind. We must stay hungry and stay in His presence.
To know Him, to hear His voice clearly, to cultivate a deep intimacy and to live in true freedom we must dig deeper for that hidden gem. It’s not easy and quick but it’s worth it. To help you in practical ways, I have learned to silence all distractions (phone, computer, noise), spend hours just thanking him, worshipping him and be silent. It’s funny, cause He always takes care of the tasks if I choose Him first. Fall in love with Jesus and everything changes.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full, in his wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim In the light of his glory and grace” –Hillsong
“Lord, create in me a hunger like never before for more of you and your presence. I want to hear you, to know your heart and be free of this worlds worry. You alone can satisfy. Amen.”