As I was ending my time with The Lord a few mornings ago, I prayed saying, “Holy Spirit, I pray that you would be with me today.” That is something I have prayed pretty regularly and has become a common, even habitual, request in my life. But this time as I prayed, I instantly felt that something about that prayer was not right.
At first glance, I couldn’t figure out what it was that made me uncomfortable about that request. (What could be wrong with asking for the Spirit of God to be with you?) Then it came to me… it was almost as if I were asking the Holy Spirit to follow me around like an assistant, like I was in charge. As this error became apparent, I felt the Lord say, “Ask that you would be with me, not that I would be with you.”
When Jesus was calling his disciples, you don’t see Him walking up and asking if He can join them in whatever activity they are doing, He says, “Follow me.” Yet, this is exactly what we expect Him to do. We expect Him to simply join us in whatever activity we happen to be doing at the moment instead of asking if we can join Him in whatever He is doing. We shouldn’t ask God to come with us, we should be asking to go with God.
In John 16:13, Jesus tells us about the Holy Spirit saying, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.” It does not say He will show you truth as you go about your business, it says that He will guide you into all truth. In order for someone to guide, someone has to follow. Even Jesus didn’t do things according to His own preference. Jesus says in John 5:19, “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”
Another verse about following Christ that I love is John 8:12, which says, “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’” If someone is trying to see where they’re going, they don’t try to get the light to follow them (that’d be weird), they follow the light.
So as we go about our day, don’t ask God to be with you… ask God where He is going and follow wherever He leads.
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