Hunger for the Presence of God
- Date: August 10, 2012
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled." (Daniel 10:2-3)
- From Living In The Miraculous
One of the first things we need to realize as we boldly enter in to the throne room is that our access is by the blood of Jesus. He says to enter in boldly because of the blood, and we enter in and thank Him for the blood, and thank Him for the cleansing of our sins (amen?), and if there is sin that haven't been dealt with, then we pray the model prayer: "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors..." Always pray for repentance and purification as you access the presence of God--Daniel goes on to says, "�??O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not...'" (Daniel 9:19) This next phrase, which we have talked about in Elijah's prayer, and we have talked about it in Hezekiah's prayer, "that the people may know," he says here in a slightly different way: "�??...defer not, for Thine own sake, O my God: for Thy city and Thy people are called by thy name.' And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God... Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer..." Isn't it interesting, whether it's Daniel or Cornelius, when the angel shows up, when the message comes from God while we are in prayer, when Peter is in prayer at the sixth hour on the housetop and the vision comes. Do you want to live in the supernatural? Do you want to hear the voice of God? In these days, these last days, didn't Joel say we would dream dreams and see visions? But we have got to get quiet; we have got to be hungry for the presence of God. "Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision...touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, �??O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding'" (Daniel 9:21-22). Can anybody use a little bit of that in the hour we are in? "�??At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to show thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision'" Daniel 9:23). Then as the story goes on it says, "In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks..." (Daniel 10:2). "Three full weeks I mourned." Are you mourning over your condition at all; or are you satisfied? Are you satisfied? If you are, then you are in trouble; because, as I look across this fellowship, starting here at the pulpit, I don't see a Paul, or a Peter, or a James, or a John. I don't see this great cloud of witnesses. Now, maybe they are here, but we will not know it until the test comes. What are we doing to prepare ourselves? In your last conflict, may I ask you--do you remember the skit in which they got so tired of hearing about the footmen? Do you get tired of hearing about the footmen? "Pastor, I get so tired of hearing about the footmen." The chariots are coming (Jeremiah 12:5). How did you deal with the last conflict? "The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matthew 26:41). Yes, the flesh is weak to do the will of God, but strong to do its own will; amen? When did you last win a conflict? When did you last count it joy to deny yourself and not count it as obligatory? "In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled" (Daniel 10:2-3).