“As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” Matthew 10:7-8
Jesus didn’t come just to save a few people and then go back to the Father. He came to save the whole world, and He invites us to help Him do it. Just as He called the first apostles, Jesus calls us to proclaim the Good News of salvation and help those in need.
He chose disciples not just to SAVE them, but to SEND them out to touch other people’s lives with healing and love.
God is omniscient/omnipresent. What does that mean practically speaking?
To those that pray: God indeed hears you! He hears us BEFORE we pray.
To the anxious: God sees you! If you are lying on the battlefield of life, God sees you. he will relieve you, for He only needs to see the woes of His children to relieve them.
To the slandered: God sees you for who you really are so shut out the despairing voices of falsehood. Some may think you guilty, but God knows your innocence.
To those who know not Christ: Whenever you sin, you sin in the presence of God. So repent, for His evidence at the judgment is full proof.
Paul says we should pray without ceasing. But sometimes I find myself not ceasing from life that I forget about God. Call it practical atheism if you will.
Now this doesn’t happen as much as it used to. But it still happens.
I used to think of prayer as a DISCIPLINE that HAD to be worked at.
But really it’s just like the conversational aspect of any relationship. Yes, sometimes I have to work on listening to my wife and communicating. But I don’t WORK on it like it’s a discipline. I don’t need to. I love her and I know she loves me. So why does my prayer life stall occasionally?
Specifically prayer is the conversational part of the most important love relationship in our lives, our love relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
What can your prayer life tell you about your love relationship with God?
God does not look at me from a distance. If He did, I might hide myself in the shadows or under covers. But He is here, close by my side–and not BY me only–but IN me. He is within this heart, where these lungs breathe.
God is here: within this mouth, in this tongue, in these eyes, in each of us who call Him Lord, God dwells. He is within you, and around you; He is beside you, and behind, and in front.
God sees everything. You can see God everywhere. God is working everywhere with eyes open.
God sees everything and more particularly God sees me! He sees you as much as if there were nobody else in the world for Him to look at. My attention is divided when I look at a sea of faces. But the infinite mind of God is able to grasp a million objects at once and yet to focus as much as on one as if there were nothing else.
God sees you with all His eyes, with the whole of His sight–YOU! YOU are the particular object of His attention at every moment, at this very moment.
God sees you entirely. He does not merely note your actions and appearance. God sees what you are thinking; He looks within.
God sees you constantly, entirely, with undivided attention.
The world objects to the omnipresence of God: they cannot see Him. Long ago Jesus observed, “Whom the world cannot receive because they see Him not” (John 14:17).
But it’s easy to reply, “Can you see the wind?” You cannot. But do you deny its existence or presence? You say, “But I can perceive it with my other senses.” But which of your senses do you perceive your soul? Do you deny the existence of the soul? Yet it cannot be seen. God is spirit as is our souls. Consequently, “Him no man has seen or can see” with eyes of flesh and blood.
So if God is in fact in every place, so what?
- Godly fear: We should labor continually to acknowledge his presence “with reverence and godly fear” (Hebrews 12:28). This is not the fear of demons who believe and tremble but the fear of angels which bows before God veiling their eyes.
- Right living: If we believe that God is near our bed and about our drive and sees all our ways, then take care not to do the least thing, not to speak the least word, not to indulge the least thought that you think would offend him.
- Faithfully serving: If you are called (we all are!) to serve under the great captain of your salvation, and you see yourself continually under the eye of your captain, how zealous you should be to “fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold on eternal life,” (1 Timothy 6:12) and “to endure hardship as good soldiers of Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:3).
“Do not I fill the heaven and earth?” says the Lord. (Jeremiah 23:24)
How simply, strongly, and beautifully those words express the omnipresence of God.
God is in this and every place.
In Psalm 139 the psalmist says that God is equally in the length and breadth and in the height and depth of the universe.
In a word, there is no point of space, whether within or without the bounds of creation, where God is not.
Indeed, this is too vast to be comprehended by the narrow limits of human understanding. We can only say that God is as unbounded in His presence as in His duration and power.
He is said to dwell in heaven. But strictly speaking the Heaven of heavens can’t contain Him.
We cannot believe the omnipotence of God unless we believe His omnipresence. Nothing can act where it is not.