The following letter was written in response to a question asked by a brother "Do you really think that you have to commune with God on a daily basis?" as opposed to just going to church weekly and reading the Scriptures from time to time.
Daily Communion with GodDear Brother,
Your question the other day was really good for me. For years I have sought to have intimate communion with the Lord, on a daily basis, desiring to hear his voice that I may obey Him and thereby prove my love to Him. I have felt compelled to do this on a daily basis. However, when you asked that question the other day I was forced, in my mind, to ask myself--"Why do I think that way?" Since that time I have continued to examine why I think the way I think. Is it because I heard someone teach that somewhere in my younger days? Did I read it somewhere? Did I contrive these thoughts in my own mind? Or---did it come from God Himself speaking to me, His son, as I had meditated in His word sometime in the past, and He fulfilled His promise to me as recorded in John 16:14 by "...showing it unto me" by "...the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him...?" At this point, I do believe it is the latter!
In order to answer the question, "Do you think communion with God needs to be on a daily basis?" I would like to offer the following scriptures and a few thoughts concerning them. These are the thoughts that continually came to mind as I thought on your question.
"Blessed is the man who heareth me
WATCHING DAILY at my gates,
WAITING at the posts of my doors;
For whoso findeth me
shall obtain favor of the Lord."
According to this scripture, the way to hear true wisdom and find life is to WATCH DAILY and WAIT. True wisdom is not attained by human intellect alone using proper exegesis, but is attained through revelation! God has promised to take the things of Christ and "...SHOW it unto you..." (John 16:14) and this is called "...the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened..." (Ephesians 1:17)
"ONE thing have I desired of the Lord,
THAT will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord ALL the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in His temple."
Of all the things that men and kings could desire, David said he desired ONE thing! He desired to be in the presence of the Lord every single day of his life. He wanted to look upon the beauty of the Lord and he wanted to ask things of God.
"...thou shalt meditate therein DAY and NIGHT..."
"...his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate DAY and NIGHT..."
The phrase "...DAY and NIGHT..." seems to indicate to me, not just an occasional thing when I have the time or when it is convenient, but an "all the time" thing, every day, every night, all the days of my life.
"As the hart panteth after the water brooks,
so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
My soul thirsteth for God,
for the living God;
when shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food DAY and NIGHT,
while they continually say unto me,
Where is thy God?"
Thirst for water, which God put in us as a picture of this soul thirsting, is daily! Every day that I awake, I am thirsty. Is this not a picture of the soul thirst that we are to have every day?
"O God...EARLY will I seek thee; my soul thirsteth for thee..."
"...my soul thirsteth after the, like a thirsty land...Hide not thy face from me... Cause me to hear your lovingkindness IN THE MORNING..."
These are some of the verses that the Lord brought to mind as I pondered that question. As I think on these I personally feel compelled to seek my God daily, early, and even in the night.
As I have re-evaluated why I think the way I think, brother, I am convinced that my Lord does desire that I seek His presence- to behold His beauty and to ask wisdom and direction from Him...DAILY.Thanks for the sharpening (Proverbs 27:17).
A Fellow Servant