the presence of God

As we continue to pursue God in prayer, lets look to scripture to explore what happens when believers experience the presence of God.

Exodus chapter 34 says,

29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD. 30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. 32 Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the LORD had given him on Mount Sinai.

 33 When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever he entered the LORD’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35 they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the LORD.”

Being in the presence of the Lord changed Moses, it even showed on his face. The Israelites could tell that Moses had been with God just by looking at him.

Again in Acts chapter 4 we see the affect that the presence of God had on the apostles.

“Now when they (the Sanhedrin) saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”

Peter and John’s time with Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives completely changed them. They displayed boldness and confidence not because of their education or personal wisdom, but because of the power that came from the presence of God.


“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight, declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 9:23-24)

The presence of God allows us to know Him.

Throughout this season of prayer may we experience the presence and knowledge of God, and may that presence change us, so that with glowing faces we are God’s messengers to the world, boldly sharing the gospel, not by our power, but boasting in the LORD.


1 Response to “the presence of God”

  1. 1 K.B. June 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    This is so true in my life. As I’ve spent time with the Lord in the mornings, I am a completely different person with my relationships at work on days when I spend an hour with God that morning. It comes naturally to boldly live out the gospel to people in my life when I am spending time in the Word and in prayer. This season of Jubilee 24/7 has been great.

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