"Hear my prayer; O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were." - Psalm 39:12
"I am a stranger with thee..."
Does this describe your fellowship with Jesus Christ? Even though we have trusted Christ as our Savior, I'm afraid that many of us are strangers when it comes to our fellowship with Him. I do not mean strangers in the sense that Christ does not know us or who we are, but rather that we do not spend intimate time with Him the way we should. There are many people that we may know who they are and maybe even know a little about them, but in reality they are strangers to us. Sadly, this describes many of us when it comes to Jesus Christ. We are strangers with Him.
I can't help but be convicted about my lack of prayer and intimate fellowship with Christ. I believe this is the state of most Christians today in that we are seriously lacking in our prayer life and intimate fellowship with Christ. Simply put, we are not spending time with Christ the way the disciples and the early Church did. It seems that our churches as a whole and us as individuals know very little of the power that the early Church had because of their time spent in prayer declaring their utter and complete dependence on the Lord.
One area pastor made the following statement: "You can have as much of God as you want, and that you already have as much of God as you want." I can honestly say that I want to have more of Christ, I want to know Him in a more intimate way, I want His presence to more real to me, and I want to see a glimpse of His glory!
I am challenging myself and you to develop a life of prayer declaring your absolute, complete, and total dependence upon Christ for every need in our lives. May we cry out to the Lord to work in our lives, homes, and churches in such a mighty way that He will draw others unto Him. May we not be strangers with Christ in our prayer life or our intimate fellowship with Him.
Prayer For Today:
Heavenly Father, may I not be a stranger with Thee. I pray that I can have more of You, that I can know You in a more intimate way, and that Your presence will be more real to me each day. Help me to totally, completely, and absolutely cry out to You and depend on You for everything! It is my desire to develop of a life of prayer and intimate fellowship with You. In Jesus name, Amen!