This week I'm going to be sharing a chapter on prayer from my book The Prayer of Sons "Unlocking Your Supernatural Destiny Through Beholding Him.
“One thing I have asked of the Lord, and that I will seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, To gaze upon the beauty [the delightful loveliness and majestic grandeur] of the Lord And to meditate in His temple” (Psalm 27:4, AMP).
“And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18, AMP).
The passion that David and Paul expressed in these passages of scripture paints a picture of two individuals who have a history of engaging the Presence of the Living God. There are key terms that David and Paul used that reveal how they engaged with heaven and grew in intimacy. These
Seek (baqash; to search out (by any method, specifically in worship or prayer); by implication, to strive after)
Dwell (yashab; to sit down (specifically as a judge, in ambush, in quiet); by implication, to dwell, to remain; causatively, to settle, to marry)
In (specifying a specific location or realm)
Gaze (chazah; to gaze at; mentally, to perceive, contemplate (with pleasure); specifically, to have a vision of -- behold, look, prophesy, provide, see)
Meditate (baqar; to plow, or (generally) break forth, i.e. (figuratively) to inspect, admire, care for, consider -- (make) inquire (-ry), (make) search, seek out)
Behold (katoptrizomenoi; to reflect as a mirror)
Transformed (metamorphoó; we are transformed into the same image (of consummate excellence that shines in Christ), reproduce the same image; transform, transfigure)
When you look at these words they illustrate a beautiful picture of adoration and intimacy. In these words, you grasp the depth of their brokenness, dependency, and desire for the Presence of God. If we are to maximize our potential and walk in the manifestation of our inheritance we have to get to
the place where we desire His presence above all else.
Being an ambassador in the family of God is not about how much you can do for God through the exertion of your own efforts. It’s about how well you can carry the Presence. At the foundation of every great individual who has accomplished great things in the history of the kingdom is a passion for
Be Intentional About Your Seek.
Let’s explore a few points in relation to these words to get a better understanding of how you can grow in the way you engage the Presence of God:
“One thing I have asked of the Lord, and that I will seek:”
While David had many things he could have petitioned the Lord for, there was one thing that he desired above all and out of that desire a seek was birthed. Desire is an indication of who/what truly possesses your heart. David’s desire for the face of God cultivated an intentional positioning of himself for an encounter. As with any relationship, you have to be intentional about your seek. This intense yearning caused David to investigate God. David didn’t just wake up one morning with this passion; it grew the more he tasted of God’s presence and saw His goodness (Psalm 34:8). He was addicted to the Presence. Like Jacob, David learned to cling to the glory of God.
David had radical encounters with the Presence of God under the Old Covenant. We have a New Covenant built on better promises, exceeding in glory, and a new position in God altogether. As a New Covenant believer, you don’t have to strive in your seek for God’s presence. You simply enter into the awareness of His presence by faith. You are presently seated IN CHRIST, in heaven. You will read that a million more times before this book is over. The understanding of being in Christ has to be grasped in order to walk out your inheritance as a son. Often, seek is associated with self-effort. The only effort you need to make is to rest. By faith (accepting what the Father believes about you to be true), you step into the reality of your “I am-ness” in Christ. That is where you become aware of the seamless union that you have received by the torn veil of Christ’s flesh.
Be Still and Know.
David not only sought, but he dwelled in the Presence of God. The act of being still before God has been one of the most powerful keys to experiencing new depths of heaven and His power. God reveals the principle of being still and silently waiting for Him to David in Psalm 46:10. That word still (chashah) literally means to be silent and inactive. One definition of this word literally means to hush. This line of thinking totally goes against what society tells us as well as the spirit of religion that admonishes us to use all of our efforts to reach God as if there was a distance between us.
Let’s take a look at the Hebraic breakdown of Psalm 46:10:
"Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth" (Psalm 46:10, NASB).
Cease = har·pu: sink, relax [striving] and know = u·de·'u: to know
that I am God; = e·lo·him: God, god I will be exalted = a·rum: to be high or exalted, rise.
Here God is revealing a key to knowing Him, and effectively making Him known. That key is to sink. Sinking into His divine embrace and ceasing from our efforts to “do something for Him,” actually positions us for deep, impactful encounters. When we realize that we are totally dependent upon Him, we come into the place where we can lay down our own efforts and ability to be endowed with His. We live noisy lives and often our approach to God replicates the noise that is constantly occurring around us as well as the noise that is in our souls. Often, Much of what we do whether it’s prayer, worship, or ministry, flows from a soul-ish place because we haven’t slowed down to get in touch with the Person that lives in our spirit. Being still before God commands the mind and soul to bow down to your spirit man. In this place it’s not about what you can do, it becomes about what He has done and what He can do. Stillness is the place of abandonment and humility. The prayer of beholdingis the place of discovery.
“Settle yourself in solitude, and you will come upon God in yourself.”
Teresa of Avila
"But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what
is done in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6, NASB).
Let’s examine words in this verse in the original
But when (otan) = whenever
Go (eiselthe) = to go in (to), enter
Into your inner room (tameion) = an inner chamber
Reward you (apodōsei) = to give up, give back, return, restore
This verse would better read:
“Whenever you pray, go into your inner chamber, shut the door to commune with the Father in the hidden place, and your Father will look upon you and reward you.”
Jesus was revealing a secret here. What is the inner chamber? It’s your spirit. Your spirit is p