Bring on the Rain
There is nothing quite as nice as going for a walk just after the rain has stopped. The smell of wet earth wafts through the air, and for that moment, you feel like you are literally breathing in the clouds. Suddenly, everything is so clear and refreshing, and you can see for miles.
Well, that is what being in the presence of the Lord is like. It is like experiencing a gentle rainstorm that clears away all of the dirt and grime in the air. When you come into His presence and hear His voice for yourself, suddenly all of the pressure that you have been under is removed. Any frustration or conflict that you have been struggling with is simply gone, and you are left, literally and figuratively, breathing easier.
Every believer has such moments in their life. Moments where you know that the Lord is in the room with you and is moving and doing amazing things in your life. While the downpour lasts, everything is great. For as long as you can bask in the fragrance after the rain, everything is wonderful. But what happens?
You leave the meeting or your prayer closet and face real life. Just as surely as cars on a freeway will dirty the air, the way of this world starts to weigh you down and make it harder and harder to feel the Lord’s presence and hear His voice.
Until you begin to wonder, when is the rain going to fall again? When will I experience the beauty of Lord in my life again? Lord, are you even there? At times, you may feel like someone living in a desert, desperate for a drop of rain.
Today, I want to let you in on a little secret. The Lord desires for you to walk in that closeness with Him all the time. You don’t have to wait for a special outpouring of His Spirit to feel His presence again. The key to regaining what you lost is simple — earnest desire.
James 5: 17 — 18
17 Elijah was a man who had the same feelings and experiences as us, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it did not rain on the earth for the space of three years and six months.
18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
This scripture tells us that Elijah had the same nature as we do. That means that there was nothing special about Him that God should heed his prayers more than yours. When he prayed for the rain to stop, it stopped. When he prayed for it to rain, it rained.
The Lord is not withholding any good thing from you — spiritual or natural. He created you for the sole purpose of loving you. He died on the cross and gave you an inheritance with Jesus. All He wants from you is to desire Him and reach out to Him in love. He just wants you to believe Him and develop a relationship with Him!
There are many ways to hear the voice of God, but the most basic — the most fundamental — is simply to reach out with desire and faith.
The best way to go from feeling dry and grimy in your spirit to feeling like a well-watered garden is simply to hold a conversation with the Lord. Pour out your heart to Him. Tell Him how much you love Him. Tell Him everything that is in your heart. Then, listen to your spirit, and hear Him speak back to you.
As you hear His words back, maybe it will only feel like a single drop at a time. Don’t worry about it because one drop at a time is all you need to begin a downpour.
Above all, just love Him and feel His love for you. You belong to Him, and He promises to never leave you nor forsake you. Take time today to come into His presence to breathe deeply of it, for He is the life, the truth, and the way!
In His Love,
Apostle and Team Leader
Apostolic Movement South Africa
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