Thought for Today
“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple”
The primary difference between the Old Covenant and the New is that the new is full of provision and grace. The call to righteousness, holiness and truth have not changed. The desire of the righteous is to abide and live within the tabernacle of Christ. He is our fortress, our stronghold and our salvation. Those who have truly risen in Him desire the experiential abiding within His courts of love and glory.
“If ye then be risen with Christ,
seek those things which are above”
The validity of our being risen with Christ will be revealed in our seeking of the things above; this requires a forsaking of the things below. The desire to abide in Him and dwell with Him necessitates a setting of our affections on things above. The nature of any life is revealed by the thing it covets. An earthly man seeks and desires the things of earth (even while professing spiritual things). A heavenly man seeks and desires those things which are found only in Christ.
“Set your affection on things above,
not on things on the earth”
There is a call in the Spirit to heavenly things and they which are of that Spirit hear and find grace to yield themselves to its directive. Those who are of the Spirit walk and live with a passion and desire for Him. Those who are of the earth live and pursue their passions for earthly things. It is not the words spoken but the life lived whereby the nature of an individual is known.
“The desire of the righteous is only good”
Prayer the Privilege of Relationship
“After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven”
The true foundation of prayer is relationship. While many religious people may use rote prayers and vain repetitions, relationship is the determining element of the power and efficacy of prayer (Ezekiel 14:14, 20). True prayer has as much to do with listening as speaking. Prayer is the fragrance of relationship, the very atmosphere in which our hearts touch the Holy presence of God Himself. We see in the opening line of Jesus’ prayer that he presents the Fatherhood of God as the first key to prayer. For prayer is to be the conversing of His child with their heavenly Father in the bonds of love.
“Hallowed be thy name”
Matthew 6:9 KJV
“Your name be honored as holy”
The entrance into this Holy place of communion will be most felt within the hearts of those who know of His Holiness. The heart that spends time in prayer with Him will have a desire to keep His Name Holy in their thoughts, desires, intentions and deeds. One does not come brazenly or carelessly into this place for “the fear of the Lord is the beginning (principle part) of knowledge”. There is a beauty and a fire associated with the true prayer of relationship where the intimacy of connection grows as the years pass and becomes as natural as breathing. The intensity of the soul to cultivate an audience with Him becomes the chief purpose and desire of life itself.
“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple”
It becomes the one thing. It is not something to be scheduled into specific meetings and times of prayer for in reality it becomes the very posture of our hearts in everyday living. How privileged we are to have such access to God Almighty. The true wonder of prayer is to be held within the miracle of relationship! Relationship with the Father has no end or limit other than the condition of our own hearts! The Eternal Mystery of God in Christ is infinite in nature and scope; so is our knowing of Him.
“For prayer is nothing else
than being on terms of friendship with God”
Saint Teresa of Avila