God, are you here?

Nolan Galido August 7, 2008 4

How many of us have ever heard these sayings or have said them ourselves “God come into this place”, “Wow God showed up big time”, “I really felt the presence of God in this place”, etc. I must admit I have prayed a few of these and even more but the question I have is, Do we have to pray for God to show up or is He already there? I’ve learned that God is omnipresent, yet I still pray for Him to show up at times as if he was not there. Do we ask him to show up because it is something we’ve just learned by hearing others pray that or is it biblical to ask God to come into a place?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

4 Comments »

  1. Derek August 8, 2008 at 1:59 am -

    I don’t think it’s so much that we’re saying that God somehow isn’t around (maybe sometimes when we’re angry). Rather, we’re asking God to manifest his presence in some sort of odd (and yet usually familiar) way so that we can really feel as if he is there.

  2. Nolan Galido August 8, 2008 at 4:46 am -

    Thanks for the comment Derek.

    So is asking God to manifest His power biblical or is it something we created to get more of an “experience” or because we can’t see Him we want to at least “feel” Him?

  3. Kayli August 8, 2008 at 7:08 am -

    I suggest that asking God to “come” is Biblical, though it is definitely overused and has possibly lost some of its sacredness and meaning to this generation. Looking back, as Jesus was departing for Heaven, He told His disciples to wait and pray for His Holy Spirit to come… the Holy Spirit who would be a counsellor and a comforter. In a sense, perhaps this is what we are seeking when we ask God to come?… This feeling or manifestation of comfort or wisdom or power?

    At the same time, we must be careful not to become “experiencial” Christians. There are far too many who stumble with great “experiences” at church, where God really “shows up.” It ends up being that their entire faith is built upon those experiences, and that when those special times aren’t there…they question their faith. Having awesome times of worship where one can “feel” God should not be confusing, yet people can get on a kind of high, and then they don’t understand why God wouldn’t choose to reveal Himself in the same way at a different time.

    Asking God to manifest Himself has possibly become part of both of the things suggeseted–the wanting to get an experience, and the wanting to feel Him. Either way, I think that the situation boils down to the fact that it would be much better to pray for God to manifest His power in our lives…not our church services or our experiences–but as a living sacrifice. I believe it is possible to live one’s life in a constant state of prayer and worship.

    It is funny that we pray for God to go with us throughout our day. I wonder if He sometimes chuckles at His children who don’t realize that He always goes with us throughout our days.

  4. Nolan Galido August 8, 2008 at 6:39 pm -

    Hi Kayli, thanks for joining the conversation. Isn’t it true that when Jesus told the disciples to pray for the Holy Spirit to come was because he was not yet in the believers because Jesus was still on earth? But after Pentecost the Holy Spirit did come and now dwells in each one of us? So I bring this up because if the spirit of God dwells in each believer wouldn’t praying for him to come be a bit odd since he is already in us?
    But I definitely agree that there are times when the “presence” of God is so thick that it feels we can just grab on to him. But does that mean he is not there when we don’t “experience” those times or is it just a added bonus that he blesses us with. Just thoughts to ponder.

    I also love when you said “Either way, I think that the situation boils down to the fact that it would be much better to pray for God to manifest His power in our lives…not our church services or our experiences–but as a living sacrifice.”

    Good times!

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