What do you ask God for?

Last Sunday, on the radio as I was driving to church, I heard Pastor Rob Cruver encourage his congregation to pray - not for God’s power or for God to do something, but just to pray for His presence.

Those words changed me, changed my prayer perspective. I know that God says to ask, knock, and seek, but what is it that we are asking, knocking, and seeking for? If we ask and seek for His presence, all other matters will fall into proper perspective. We’ll have His peace, even if in a storm. We’ll have His wisdom, even if in a time of indecision. His presence will put to rest our questions, doubts, fears. It will dissipate our anger, resentment, frustration.

Before we make our confessions (looking at ourselves) or our supplications (requests for others or ourselves), let’s pursue His presence. Then our prayers will align with His will, and we’ll be asking, knocking, and seeking after what He desires for us.

Before we make our plans, let's seek His presence that we will only do as He directs.

Before we set our feet to the floor in the  morning, may we breathe in His presence that we will walk in agreement with Him like synchronized swimmers. Like a dancer following His lead, every movement choreographed according to His design. May our voices speak in perfect harmony with His. May we not move if His Presence does not go with us:

The LORD replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."
Then Moses said to him, "If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. Ex. 33:14-15

Thank you Lord, for sharing Your presence with us. May we relish it afresh every day, every moment.  


Cherie Hill said...

Susan...I have prayed Exodus 33:14-15 MANY times over the past 5 years...God showed me that HIS WILL is FAR better than mine. So, although I express my heart to Him, my struggles and my desires, I have learned to just grasp the greatness of His presence in it all. I have found that it is MORE THAN ENOUGH. How awesome it is to just "know" Him...worshipping Him not only for what He gives (and He gives ALOT) but for who He is!
Bless you sister!

Karen Lange said...

Amen. That scripture is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing!

Marlene Rodgers said...

Hi Susan, You blessed me today I know that if i'm not in God's presence I will stumble in the world. It's great to keep our God near in our hearts and mind.
Great time at HMC and Happy B'day wishes to Doc Tony. The music ministery really rocks with praise to our Lord.
Love & Blessings, Marlene Rodgers

Joy said...

Read your Eternity Cafe--such beautiful words and wisdom. Just to feel His presence is so worth it. Thank you, Susan.

Donna said...


Thank you for the timely reminder. So simply put. In my head I know I need to stop struggling and just be. Be in His presence and let Him direct my journey. Too simple for me? I pray not.

Hope all is well with you.