“As surely as the sun rises, He will appear.”    Hosea 6:2

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Have you ever sensed that the Lord was showering you with His presence? filling you with the nearness and glory of Himself, so real, so true?  assuring you that He is with you and that you have nothing to fear?  He promises to come to us “as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”  When we give Him thanks, for all He has done for us, for His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, for the blood that He shed for our sins, for His death and resurrection, He rejoices in our realization of His great gift to us. When we thank Him for His daily and nightly protection, for His provision for our welfare, for His love, mercy and grace, He rejoices in our thanksgiving.

What may seem as an enormous request to us, requesting God’s presence, is exactly what the Lord wants to hear from us and do for us!  He wants to draw near to us. We need Him. We cannot feel complete without Him. ..that is the way He made us.  We are spiritual beings.   God is a Spirit and God wants to inhabit us.

Hosea 6:2 “As surely as the sun rises, He will appear.” He will come to us.


Dear Father, We come to you with open hearts, waiting to receive Your abundant blessing. Fill us with Your awesome presence…let us know that You have come to us, where we are, in our brokenness, in our loneliness…in whatever condition we may be.  Let us feel You near.  Make us whole and joyful in Your presence. Inhabit Your people.  Truly, Dear Lord, we are Your people and we love You for loving us, for welcoming us as Your sons and daughters, for knowing us intimately, the very number of hairs on our heads, for forming us in our mothers’ wombs, for preparing a place for us in heaven with You.  Thank You for the blessed assurance of Your sweet presence by the whisper of Your name.  Thank You for giving us Your Holy Spirit to comfort us in times of despair.  Be our voice when we are without words…Be our Everything for we are lost without You.  Thank You that You are but a prayer away.  We praise You for Your love and grace and faithfulness.

In Jesus’ holy name, we pray, Amen.

Romans 8: 4 …the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

© October, 2012 Carol Castagna

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