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Cape Cod Sacred Assembly preparation, Day 8
 

    Heart Preparation
(Week 2)

We cannot escape the fact that living in the 21 century is a time of
fast-paced lifestyle and always increasing acceleration. We are no
longer just busy and in a hurry, but the acceleration is with top
speed. This has consequences for us personally - physically,
emotionally, spiritually; repercussions on family relationships and on
our congregations as the corporate Body of Christ. One of the first
things to suffer in our busy lives is prayer life in God that gives
Him full attention and waits before Him. The call to seek God's face
is the call to know Him again in intimate fellowship in the quiet
place.

Satan is quick to take advantage of our hectic lifestyles. Satan plots
a conspiracy of interruptions to distract us from seeking God's face.
Moreover, the flesh responds and is happy to accommodate.

Periodically we must deal with our distractions and satan's strategies
by consecrating ourselves in order to seek God's face. One of the ways
we do this is giving ourselves to a period of fasting. The word "fast"
means to voluntarily deny oneself food, or other daily activities for
the purpose of seeking God's face.

Seeking God's face is an important component in renewing covenant with
God (2 Chronicles 7:14). Our faces represent the essence of who we
are. Therefore, seeking God's face is drawing close to Him personally.
Jesus addressed this principle in the Sermon on the Mount when He said
"seek and you will find". Jeremiah 29:13 addresses the same principle:
"you will seek Me and find me when you seek Me with all your heart."
Seeking Him with all our heart is an undistracted pursuit, giving Him
our full attention.

Seeking God's face is one of the key principles of 2 Chron. 7:14 of
renewing covenant with God. A person's face is the very essence of who
a person is. In seeking God's face it is a very personal drawing close
to God. Jesus addressed this principle on the Sermon on the Mount when
He said "seek and you will find". Jeremiah 29:13 expounds upon the
principle: "you will seek Me and find me when you seek Me with all
your heart" this is undistracted seeking of God's face. This is
seeking God with our full attention.

God says that when we seek Him with all our heart, i.e., with our full
attention, He will be found by us. God has said it and we can count on
it. Seek and you will find is the promise of God. God never said "seek
Me and it will be in vain." That is the lie of satan that will come to
us when we resolve to seek Him with all of our heart. It will be for
nothing! God reassures us that He will be found and we will not be
disappointed.

Therefore, we can join the Psalmist in saying: "Your face, Lord, I
will seek" (Psalm 27:8).

Day 8 - Seeking God's Face

Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen
to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your
heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 29:12-13a)

The Bible makes a distinction between "prayer" and "calling out" or
"crying out" to God. In our impossible circumstances, which we cannot
change with our own resources, crying to God is a humbling reminder of
our total inability to bring change apart from God's intervention. God
promises that if we will call out to Him, He will listen.

Not only will He listen, He promises to answer us from heaven
(Jeremiah 33:3). God's response from heaven includes revelation: "I
will show you great and mighty things you do not know" (Jeremiah
33:3). With supernatural power He will deliver and accomplish His
redemptive purpose in our circumstances. The context of this promise
is the transformation of the city. He declares, "this city will bring
Me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear
of all the good things I do for it" (Jeremiah 33:9).

Prayer Points:

God, in my hopeless situation I call out to you. Deliver me and my
loved ones from all our bondage and captivity! Lord, would you deliver
me from passivity! I cry out in desperation for deliverance! Help my
unbelief!


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