Day 10/40-days: You gotta bow before you can stand

Fell_face_Down_shachahGenesis 18:2-3 (NKJV)

So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground, and said, “My Lord, if I have now found favor in Your sight, do not pass on by Your servant.

Using an example out of Abraham’s life, yesterday I encouraged you to tarry while at the House of God—to stand before the Lord.

However, it must be remembered that before Abraham dared stand before God he first bowed himself to the ground before God. Bowing comes before standing.

This is what must go on between Sundays. There will be a direct correlation between what you get out of next Sunday and the amount of bowing before the Lord you do this week.

And remember, you can’t bow yourself to the ground and multi-task.

You can drive your car and listen to good worship music but you can’t drive and bow.

You can peck away on your keyboard and listen to the Bible on CD but you can’t peck away on your keyboard and bow down before God.

You can eat lunch and read a good devotional book but you can’t each lunch and bow yourself to the ground before God.

Bowing requires single focus; bowing puts you in a position where there’s little else you can do.

That’s what this season of fasting is about–stopping and focusing fully on God.

There’s nothing wrong with including edifying faith-building activities while you go about your daily duties, but don’t forget—before you can dare stand in the presence of God you must first bow yourself before him.

Whatever else you may do this week, make sure to starve out time in your life where it is just you and God—nothing more.

  • Prayer: Oh God, I bow before you today. Tarry with me for this season. I will shut the door on all the noise and busyness of life and bow before you—just you and me. I will bow to your wishes and will. I will drink from the cup—“Not my will but yours be done.” I will bear my cross. I will follow wherever you lead. I bow before you—come Lord and tarry with your servant.


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