Which is the most important of all the relationships that you help cultivate with Christ? In ministry, it can be easy to focus too much on everyone else’s relationship with Christ. As church leaders we are called to shepherd. But you cannot lead people in a way you have not walked yourself. That’s why the most important relationship you cultivate with Christ is your own.
Let me ask you this: when is the last time that you sat in His presence without an agenda?
I’m not talking about praying for something you want. I’m not talking about worshipping. I’m talking about simply being quiet in His presence. Just simply being there, soaking Him in.
So many times we come to God because we have a few moments to squeeze Him in between this meeting and that appointment, or we have to pray for help in a situation or someone else’s intentions. Rarely do we ever come just to slow down, stop, and be in His presence.
There are over 35 of these Bible verses, speaking of this very thing.
Arise early and wait upon the Lord. Ministers, your life-line to Ministry is not how many degrees or studies you have. It is His presence, His voice, and your fellowship with Him. You must make it a priority. He already knows your needs. He tells you to cast your needs on Him, but He already knows. Since He already knows what’s on your heart, this gives you interior freedom to spend time silently in your prayer before Him and let Him speak.
How many of you know His voice? Truly? How many of you soak in His presence? If we know that God is omnipresent, and we know that Zepheniah says that He knows our business, doesn’t it make sense to spend time silently in His presence so that we can know His voice? Your gifts are amplified when you have knowledge of His voice and how it sounds, how it moves within you. I can promise you that the way it moves to your neighbor is different than how you will hear it. To learn and identify His voice, you have to learn to listen and understand that it is Him speaking.
How can we do this? Where do we begin?
Start with adoration. Thank Him. Jesus, I worship you. Jesus, I thank you. Sing to Him, praise Him, be slow in His presence and wait for His response. He adores us when we worship Him. Then, when you fill the anointing room, just wait. Remember with Elijah He wasn’t in the loudness; He was in the still, small voice (1 Kings 19).
If Jesus went to the Garden to pray, it speaks to the fact that silence before Him is reverence before Him. With reverence comes Anointing, comes impact, and comes transformation into His likeness. There are times when I will make no requests and simply rest in God’s presence.
It may take time before you hear God’s voice, and that’s okay. Offer yourself up to Him. Let Him know that you are His, and trust that He is yours. I’m not talking like in salvation, but in Him knowing that you are His, fully and without conditions.
Here’s the last thing… Season of time.
At first, it will take longer. You may have to worship longer before the anointing comes, but in time, it will become easier. When the anointing has come, His voice is not far behind, so wait upon the Lord and He will renew your strength just by being in His presence.
If you’re wondering, how often should I do this? My response is, how much of Him do you want? He loves you, and He wants you all the time. The more time you spend with Him, the greater the anointing upon your life and the greater the impact you will make. Remember that with trust comes responsibility, so use it wisely.
It isn’t about us. We are nothing but a speck. We are preparing in everything that we do and say for the next generation to take the pulpit. The way that we handle the anointing, the mantle that He gives us, needs to be cherished and needs to be handled with care.
If you have lost it, don’t despair. Repent, acknowledge, and return time and time again until His presence is back. We have all fallen short of the glory of God. The result of that is that sometimes, we may lose the intensity of His presence. But we can never lose our salvation. We can lose that intensity, but all you need is to focus back on Him and He will return. You are His beloved child, created for this time and for a special purpose only He knows. Trust in Him, and He will bring you exactly where He wants you to go.