Entering the God’s Presence
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.
Psalm 100:4 NLT
How do we get into the presence of God?
The best way I know to get into God’s presence is with thanksgiving and praise. And I believe this is more than singing songs—even though that is a part of it. But there are too many believers who are dependent on a worship leader to get them into the presence of God.
We need to learn how to be thankful for the things God has done for us. This attitude of gratitude opens our hearts and minds to the reality of God.
I like to personally start my prayer times with a rehearsal of God’s blessings on my life. I thank God for my marriage, my children, my grandchildren, the house I live in, the vehicles I get to drive, the clothes I get to wear, the food I get to eat, the friends I have, and the opportunity to be a partner in His kingdom. I give thanks to the Lord Jesus Who died on the cross to pay the price for my sin and free me from the consequences and control of sin. I thank the Holy Spirit for living in me and empowering me daily to carry out God’s plan for my life. I thank God for health, food to eat, and a safe place to sleep.
There is a lot to be thankful for in our lives. But often we get focused on what we need—or want—instead of what we already have. It is thanksgiving and praise that open the gates to God’s presence.
Cindy and I had a family over the other day, and when they were leaving, the parents made sure the children thanked us for allowing them to come to our home. Each child thanked us and gave us a hug. That simple act made us want to invite them more. I wonder if our Heavenly Father feels the same way when we thank Him for all He has done for us. I think it opens the door for more of Him in our lives.
Holy Spirit, please help me to be more thankful. Help me to learn the secret of saying thanks. Help me to develop an attitude of gratitude.
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