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Cape Cod Sacred Assembly preparation, Day 12
 

 "If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and
pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will
hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land" 2 Chron
7:14

Today we all begin our 10 day corporate fast as the body of Christ on
Cape Cod prior to coming together before the Lord in the Sacred
Assembly. Please fast any way you are comfortable with and feel led to
by the Lord.

Day 12 -Our Whole Heart

Seek the Lord and His strength, seek His face continually.
(1 Chron. 16:11)

When David became Israel's king, He gave his heart and attention to
bringing back the Ark of the Covenant, i.e., the presence of God. In
the midst of rejoicing when the ark returned, David made this
passionate plea: "Seek the Lord and His strength, seek His face
continually" (1 Chron. 16:11). David knew the principle of seeking the
Lord with all his heart.

Often we give the Lord token time and attention, the kind of attention
that would be an insult to someone we loved. David understood that to
know God, we have to give Him time and attention from our heart, not
just token duty or obedience. God wants intimacy with His people. He
is overjoyed when His people seek His face with undistracted
devotion.

Many our prayers are self-serving and self-centered. We must become so
united with God in prayer that it truly is His heart and His purpose
that we seek. This kind of prayer takes hold of the promises of God
and pulls them into the present in fulfillment!

Prayer Points:

Forgive me for thinking I can live wrong and pray right! Forgive me
for thinking you will give me what I want no matter how I live!
Help me set my face before You undistracted in devotion. Challenge my
self-centered Christianity!
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These devotionals are written by Rhonda Hughey. Here is a quote from
her book "Desperate for His Presence", published by Bethany House
Publishers:

"The pursuit of God's Presence is not a means to an end. It is the
end! What we are talking about is not a formula for how to be more
effective in ministry. It is the core of our existence and the
purpose
of our life. We exist to know Him, to worship Him, and to reflect His
beauty to the world around us!
God is waiting and longing for us to experience an awareness of His
Presence. Knowing His Presence in theory but not in experience is not
biblical faith. It is religion only. We have the privilege as
believers to know and experience the tangible Presence of God.
In "The Pursuit of God", A.W.Tozer makes a contrast between being in
the Presence of God positionally and experiencing His Presence
actually. He goes on to say that, as a result of settling for the
positional Presence of God only, contentment takes the place of
burning hearts and fervent zeal for the Lord. 'The church then settles
for only an intellectual knowledge of God and remains unconcerned
about the absence of personal experience' "


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