How to Meet with God
There is no 5 Step Plan to Communion with God. It’s an art, and we see it in the life of Jesus throughout the gospels.
We don’t fast to earn from God. We fast to learn from God.
The Principal of the ‘First’
There’s a principal in scripture of the ‘firsts.’ Jesus was the first born of all creation. When God wanted to redeem mankind, He sent the first and the best to redeem the rest.
God is not about leftovers.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33, ESV
(Don’t leave out “and his righteousness.”)
Jesus lived by principal. The Pharisees lived by procedure. That’s the key to the Old Testament for the new testament believer: the principal still applies, even if the procedure does not.
Mastering the Art of Communion
Here are some lessons from the life of Jesus.
1. Go Daily
However, the report went around concerning Him all the more; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities. So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed. – Luke 5:15-16, NKVJ
2. Set Aside Distractions
Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, … – Matthew 14:22-23, ESV
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. – Mark 1:35, ESV
Not a recipe. Not a strict set of rules. The principle is to set aside distractions, get alone, and make time to commune with God. We need to dismiss the things that call for our attention—social media, text messages, etc.—like Jesus dismissed the crowds that demanded his attention.
3. Go When You Need to Make a Decision
Jesus went frequently, but he also, sometimes, went for extended periods.
In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. – Luke 6:12, ESV
After this night of prayer, in verse 13, Jesus chooses his 12 disciples. He had crowds of followers, but he needed to make an important decision, so he needed some extended time with the Father.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. – James 1:5, NKJV
The only condition on God’s abundant wisdom is that we ask.
4. Go to Get Deliverance
And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.”
Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.
Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”
So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” – Matthew 17:14-21, NKJV
Jesus isn’t talking about a super demon that can’t be cast out unless you’re fasting. The unbelief comes out with fasting. You can have faith and unbelief at the same time, but the unbelief will hinder the effects of your faith. And that unbelief comes out of you when you fast.
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