Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, O God of Jacob. Selah
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to pray.
That sounds easy enough. But let me explain:
I believe in the principles of the Restoration Movement. I serve in an independent Christian church. We have a bulletin. We have an order of service that is very seldom deviated from. We are a very “left brained” group of Christians. We sing three songs, on a liberal Sunday four and then we get to the Communion service, take up the offering. That is followed by a sermon, an invitation and then announcements. If we deviate much from this flow of order, people tend to get nervous.
Creativity isn’t really “our thing.”
The group my wife and I were invited to meet with was a predominately “charismatic” group of Christian leaders. They pray differently than we do.
They pray in “agreement.” That means that when you are speaking there are other people speaking as well. The words vary from “yes Jesus,” “thank you Jesus,” “praise God” and “yes Lord.”
The group of Christians I associate have something to learn from that group. This is a group of folk that view prayer as interactive, not spectator only. These people weren’t praying anemic prayers, they were praying prayers pregnant with awe, wonder and boldness.
I was impressed by a phrase that one of the men that gathered with us. His name is David. In his prayer he said this, “God, may we seek your face. Not your hand, but your face Lord.”
The phrase he used stuck with me and I have pondered many times since then.
This was a bold prayer.
How many times do we settle for God’s hand when we are encouraged to seek His face?
It is a question worth asking. I don’t think we should challenge God in a way that is testing Him. However, I am convinced that we don’t approach Him in boldness and courage the way Scripture instructs and informs us to.
Hebrews 4:14–16 (NIV84)
Jesus the Great High Priest
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.