The Lord says, "Come"
Recently, I heard a prophesy that caused my spirit man to leap within me. I knew that the Lord had spoken. Over and over, the Lord was saying to His people, “Come.” Then, the Lord encouraged us to ask Him to come to us. I was reminded of James 4:8, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” The Lord surely encourages us to come to Him and ask for things that we need and desire (Jn. 16:23), but I wonder if we are only seeking what He can do or seeking Him in fellowship, love, and worship. My grandchildren may come into my kitchen and ask for a cookie, and I may give it to them. Oh, but when they take my face in their hands and say, “Mama, I love you so much,” I am asking them how many cookies they want. Our Lord desires us to come to Him in relationship. Do we seek gifts or the Giver? When we find the Giver, we find all that we will ever need or desire.
The Word “come” is in the King James Bible 1,972 times. “Come” means to change positions in order to approach or move toward someone or something; to arrive by movement or progression. Have we become so busy that we do not hear the Lord beckoning us to come to Him? Are we so complacent in our lives that we do not arise from our comfort to press into God in prayer and in the Word. We read in Psalm 16:11, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for everymore.” When we come to the right hand of God, we have come to Jesus, where there is joy, pleasure, and direction for life. Praise the Lord!
Jesus grieved over the beheading of His cousin, John the Baptist. He went away with His disciples to rest and find solace, but His compassion for the sick that followed Him compelled Him to heal them. The multitudes were hungry, so He blessed the five loaves of bread and two fish and fed 5,000 men, besides the women and children. Matthew 14:22 says that Jesus told His disciples to get into the boat and to go to the other side. When the Lord leads us to do anything, He equips us to do it (1 Thes. 5:24). The evening came and with still no rest, Jesus goes to God in prayer. Mark 6:48 says that Jesus saw His disciples in their boat in torment, rowing with the wind against them. How did Jesus see them? He saw them in prayer. We should not think it strange when we obey the Lord’s call, that our adversary, the devil, attempts to stop us. Jesus went to His disciples walking on the water between 3:00-6:00 a.m. They thought Jesus was a spirit and cried out in fear. Our Lord responded, “Be of good cheer, it is I; be not afraid.” Jesus did not say, “I am Jesus”, but He said, “It is the ‘I Am’” The disciples immediately knew that this was Jesus (the ‘I Am’), coming to them (Mt. 14:23-27).
Peter replied to Jesus, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” This was not a statement of doubt. He knew that it was Jesus, but he knew that if Jesus said, “Come,” the power of His Word would allow him to come to Him! Jesus did said, “Come,” and Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water towards Jesus. Jesus did not initiate the miracle for Peter’s walking on water ... Peter did. Are you praying about direction? Ask the Lord, “If this is You, Jesus, bid me come;” and if He says, “Come”, you can come—even if it means needing a miracle like walking on the water!