Come Into His Presence
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.
There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:16
All my life I have known the privilege of having a praying father. He and my mother wove prayer into the fabric of our family. Talking to God was part of life. Every family meal began with our grateful acknowledgement that what we were going to enjoy came from God. Every family trip began with a pause to ask for God's protection and provision. Every Christmas included the reading Christmas story, sharing family communion and offering our gifts of thankful prayers to God.
As I visited in my dad's home these last few years I would overhear his nightly prayers right before he turned on his music CD and turned out his light. He prayed faithfully and systematically through everyone in our family. Every night he brought specific names and needs to God. Every night he remembered us and lifted us into the loving care of our Heavenly Father.
But now my dad doesn't pray for me every night. Since November 6, he talks to the Lord face to face.
The loss of my dad's prayers may be the greatest loss of my life. Something very, very important is missing. I'm not enough of a biblical scholar to explain it. I'm not sure that I should try. I just know that Dad's conversations with his Friend, relationally deep and familiar because of decades of consistent nurturing, were vital for all of us.
God is using the ache of that loss in a few specific ways.
- The Lord is causing me to be very thirsty for more intimate times with Jesus myself.
- The Lord uses that loss so that, more than ever before, I value and pursue friends who will pray for me.
- The loss of my dad's prayers causes me to cherish the richness of using words of Scripture as I pray.
I'm asking God to use this simple blog post and newsletter to provoke us, my friends, to pursue deeper, more intimate conversations with Him. May the Spirit of God draw us to love God completely and practice His presence continually.
May you enjoy our Lord in sweet, new ways! I pray for you as my dad always did, "We ask this in Jesus' precious name and for His sake, with thanksgiving."
Joining you as we pray before His Throne,