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Dear Father,

I wonder if it’s common to see You as the “lifeline?”

Are You the One who only dwells in the super saints who sponsor the super conferences and super revivals?

Are You the One outside of me?

Are You the God of heaven as in really, really far away?

Then, I remember Your Word about Your Word:

“For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not hidden from you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it? No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. … “ Deuteronomy 30:11-14

I also remember that You promised to send Your Holy Spirit to dwell right within me:

“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.” Luke 24:49

I often feel that You are far away. I know it’s because I let internal worries and worldly problems spook me and get me fixated on them. I lose my focus and my awareness that You are closer than any problem can get.

I also feel a bit relieved when I read how some of Your sons and daughters have had to make deliberate choices with regard to their lifestyle-thinking and living about this issue of remaining in You and You in them.

From George MacDonald:

“When our hearts turn to him, that is opening the door to him…then he comes in, not by our thought only, not in our idea only, but he comes himself, and of his own will. Thus the Lord, the Spirit, becomes the soul of our souls…Then indeed we are; then indeed we have life; the life of Jesus has… become life in us…we are one with God forever and ever.” (The Heart of George MacDonald)

From St. John of the Cross:

“O how gently and how lovingly dost thou lie awake in the depth and centre of my soul, where thou in secret and in silence alone, as its sole Lord, abides, not only as in Thine own house or in Thine own chamber, but also as within my own bosom, in close and intimate union. (Living Flame of Love)

John Eldredge:

“Abiding in the love of God is our only hope, the only true home for our hearts…This deep intimate union with Jesus and with his Father is the source of all our healing and all our strength. It is, as Leanne Payne says,’the central and unique truth of Christianity.'” (Wild At Heart)

O Father, remind me that You are not “out there,” but “deeply in here.” I ask for this constant “within” as my most sacred prayer.

Your forgetful son,

Robert

I am indebted to John Eldredge for his heart and resources: the Ransomed Heart, Page 127.

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