The most common question that I receive as a Pastor is “How do I connect with God the same way that you do?” The response that I give comes from 2 Chronicles 16:9, which says; “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” I keep these words at the forefront of my mind as I go about my day. Always being aware that the Lord is with me, watching me, and strengthening me as I willfully continue to acknowledge Him in each and every situation that I find myself in. Our Father is very pro-active in His pursuit of us. It is His desire to provide us with the strength and power that is needed for us to succeed and thrive in this sometimes difficult journey we call the “Christian Walk.”
In order to fully commit our hearts to God, we must start with the most simplest of prayers; “Father, I come before you today and lay down my own desires. For my only desire is to see you, hear you, walk with you, and to glorify you with my life. I give you permission to change me, re-arrange me, correct me, and instruct me. Please mold me into the person that you have always intended me to be.”
You may be saying to yourself, “This prayer may be simple to say, but is not so simple to actually live out.” To that I agree to a certain point. It may be difficult and even painful when God brings about a certain correction to a character flaw or a sin issue that we have allowed to fester. Or to deny the wantings of our sinful nature when the flesh becomes flamed with selfishness, juxtaposed with the Spirit inside of us that is screaming for holiness. I understand and I have been there. I have walked the wide road of the flesh and the narrow path of the Spirit – and the former has always left me empty.
In order to overcome this obstacle of the flesh and to fully commit our hearts to God, we must remember that we are spiritual beings. We are born of the Spirit, made new in the Spirit, and are empowered by the Spirit (John 3:6, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Acts 1:8). We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13)! Although the Spirit is inherently stronger than our flesh, we must consciously choose and actively submit ourselves (daily) to the yielding and promptings that He brings forth. When we do this, we will find that our connection with God will become stronger and more fulfilling than it has ever been.