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The One Year Experiencing God's Presence Devotional

All of us long for God’s presence, and we sense it—occasionally. But for most of us, our faith tends to slip easily into precepts, principles, and practices. There are times when what we call a “relationship with God” feels like nothing more than a relationship with printed words on a page, people at church, spiritual disciplines, ministry activities, and our own sense of obligation to do what’s right. What’s missing? Real encounters with Him. Certainty that we have heard His voice. A sense of His palpable presence.

The One Year Experiencing God's Presence Devotional will cultivate your sense of God's presence in your life, help you learn to recognize His voice, and deepen your experience of Him—every day of the year.

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Tyndale 2012, gift edition with leatherlike cover
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EXCERPT

Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else? (Romans 8:32)

God makes extravagant promises about our prayers. He assures us that if we ask anything according to His will, He answers. He tells us that if we believe, we will receive. He urges us to keep asking, keep seeking, and keep knocking. And He always encourages faith.

Still, we are reluctant to believe with certainty that He would respond in a tangible way to our request for His Presence. Sure, we know He’s there and always will be; He promised us that, and we believe it. But tangibly there? Palpably present? Practically at our side? No, we’re much more comfortable with theology than experience. We tend to accept the truth without expecting His touch. We don’t want to ask too much.

We forget that there is no such thing as “too much” with God. He has already given us the most enormous gift He could give; every other request we make pales in comparison. God sacrificed His own Son in order to pursue intimacy with us. Why would He make such a huge sacrifice and then withhold the very kind of relationship that sacrifice was meant to secure? When we pray a prayer for more relational closeness, we don’t have to tack an “if it be Your will” on the end of it. It’s His will already. It’s His purpose for creating us. This is a prayer we can know He will answer.

Yes, you were born to ask such things. You were designed not just to know about God but to know Him—experientially. You were created to connect with Him, heart to heart, spirit to Spirit, face to face. When you pray for closeness, you are praying according to His desires as well as yours. How will He not give you what you ask for?

Lord, I know it’s a bold request, but I can’t settle for less than this. I want to feel You, to sense Your Presence, to know without a doubt that I am being held in Your arms. Please touch me in a way that lets me feel connected to You.

© 2012-2013 by Chris Tiegreen


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