Eric Speir

Thrive In Your Faith and Family

The Key To Unlocking the Doorway to the Presence of God

Do you ever have a hard time praying? If not, good for you. If so, join the club and keep reading.

A few weeks ago I was attempting to pray during my devotional time. Let’s be honest, some days are better than others and on this particular day I wasn’t getting anywhere. After listening to myself for a few minutes I felt like I was just babbling. It felt like my words were hitting the ceiling and raining back down on my head. After a few minutes of getting nowhere I stopped what I was doing to slow things down. When I took the time to simply thank the Lord for just being there I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit settle on me. While sitting there the Holy Spirit reminded of a verse in Psalm 100:4,

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

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The Holy Spirit taught me a lesson that morning. The lesson was this:

Gratitude is the doorway to the presence of God.

Imagine yourself walking into a throne room to meet a king. How would you enter his presence? Would you walk nonchalantly making demands and asking questions? Probably not. I suspect you would walk in slowly and reverently attempting to show respect and honor. If you knew he had already done so much for you I suspect you would probably start off expressing thankfulness. Entering God’s presence in prayer should be no different. Yes, we are called friends of God, but we should also give honor to whom honor is due. He’s still the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. I think sometimes if we aren’t careful we’ll lose our sense of wonder and awe of him.

I need to remind myself of this more. It’s easy to slip into a rut of thinking God owes me something. He doesn’t owe me anything; I owe him everything.

Prayer: Father, help me to remember this. Help me to draw close to you. I know I need you. I need you now more than ever. Help me to walk and live in gratitude. I love you Father.

Question: What can you do to incorporate more gratitude in your life?

About Eric

I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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  1. Jan

    Hi Eric, I’ve done a TON of “waiting” in my 40+ years of walking with God. Tonight I needed a reminder of why I’m still waiting. Waiting for some relationships (He’s all about relationship) that are very central to my heart KNOWING Him in the greater measure of fullness that He has for me. I came upon your article on waiting, and this one. I was about to leave your sight when I felt God stopped me because He wanted to say something to you. So I waited 🙂 .! God shows me that over your life time He will continue to greatly deepen your passion for ministering to, and encouraging others. I saw your physical body ‘swollen’/enlarged as a picture of how He will enlarge your heart with His passion for people. He will continue to accomplish this growth by unveiling His heart to your heart!! He says let go of any ‘form’/program that says you have to perform in such-n-such a way. He wants your heart! When He gets your heart He’s got all of you :).
    “He is wooing you from the jaws of distress* to a spacious place, free from restriction, to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.”
    * our hearts are very deep and there’s always a measure of distress there until – in each arena – the heart becomes fully CONVINCED of His love. The quote is from the original version of the NIV Job 36:16 Blessings!! Jan

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