(#260 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Yahweh says, “Consider Me. I come to you tenderly My loved one, with soft and loving arms. I Am jealous for you, jealous for an uninhibited relationship. My desire is for complete oneness with you. As My child, you have permission to interact with Me, to enter My throne room at any time. That supernatural meeting place is called prayer. Many of you seem to view prayer in a very humanistic, religious way. Prayer looks like closed eyes and folded hands. And for some it is a recitation of certain words. I Am okay with that. But, I’m also okay without it.”
Sometimes that meeting place is spiritually violent. Remember: The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. (Matthew 11:12) Of course, this is a “good violence.” Picture it as a supernatural collision with the Almighty. This idea of a violent collision is encapsulated in the idea of intercession. In both the natural and the spiritual, intercession suggests the idea of impingement by violence or force, an intense encounter, to fall upon, or run over. In Job 36:32 it says, “He fills His hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.” Prayer or intersession “strikes its mark!” The bottom line is that it is a meeting with an outcome. Come just as you are, but if you enter, you cannot leave the same as you came. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. (Deuteronomy 6:8) The outcome is binding; it leaves a mark! To collide with the Almighty is the image we want you to digest. Envision being completely absorbed in Him. If you can, the lesson is complete. If not, we can only imagine what Yahweh’s tender appeal to you might be.
“So often I hear you say, ‘All I can do is pray.’ I know My Spirit is already stirring in you, so let’s reframe what you are really saying. ‘All I can do is collide with my Creator.’ You see it now, don’t you? There is nothing more powerful than the violent collision called prayer. Visualize running full force into My arms, head first. Then feel yourself enveloped by My loving arms. Embrace this reality My precious one. It’s time to grow up and get mature. I know you often think of prayer as the last straw, when all other remedies have been exhausted. Then you suppose prayer might be warranted. Think again loved one. It is a head on collision with Me, right into My arms. Those who are mature, their words differ from, ‘All I can do is pray.’ Instead, they say, ‘All I need to do is pray.’ No religion, no correct way; they just start talking to Me. It’s beautiful; it’s tender; it’s intimate, it’s a violent supernatural collision. Will you come and collide with Me?”