Lord, Fill Me
How often we realize we need more of God in our lives.
God is present, of course. But his powerful reality within us is lacking. We may have allowed sins to dominate. Or neglected aligning ourselves with what God wants. Or allowed our relationship with God to grow cold.
On the other hand, God may be real to us and we hunger and thirst for more of God. More of his love, his power, his holiness, his nearness, his reality.
We need more of God flowing in and through us for our families, our jobs, our schools, our churches, our world around us.
Praying “Lord, fill me” follows God directive: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).
It may be that we haven’t given ourselves fully over to God and we don’t fully belong to him. Some Christ followers have been helped in this by imagining their lives like a house and giving God every room.
“Lord Jesus, I transfer the deed of my life over to you. Here are the keys. Take them and unlock every door. Walk through every room. Clean up every room. Fill every room with your presence. As the new owner, make yourself at home.”
God himself moving in and taking over every room of your life – including those hidden closets and the dark basement of your soul – might feel threatening. But if you really want all of God, you need to give all of yourself to him.
The beauty of such a surrender is found in the words of Jesus: “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them” (John 14:23). Through surrender your life becomes Christ’s home.
Moreover, the fullness of God’s directive is “be being filled with the Spirit”. I need Jesus to fill me every day. Daily cleansing from sins. Daily dying to self-centeredness. Daily infilling of the Spirit.
So with confidence, I ask Jesus to fill me anew. By faith, I receive the Spirit’s infilling for today. With gratefulness, I thank God for filling me now.
“Lord, fill me.” I take time to be filled. Linger in his presence. Receive a fresh anointing. “More, Lord, more.”
Prayer: “Lord, may your rivers of living water flow from within me” (John 7:38).
~ Pastor Dave