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 enquire in his temple. Psalm 27:4.

Last night, my family attended our MDDC District Gather Conference, there was record attendance, but most importantly, over 30 people were filled with the Holy Ghost with evidence of speaking in other tongues!  I love my alone time with God, but there is also something so precious about being with the body of Christ. I am strengthened when I worship next to fellow believers; their faith is infectious and encouraging. We need one another.

Today, I want to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. Pray, “Don’t let me miss what Your spirit is saying unto the church. Drive me into a place of deep prayer.” “Lord, I don’t want to miss Your still small voice beckoning me to draw closer to You and I do not want to unknowingly ignore Your will for my life.”

We do not go to church to be entertained, we go to church to entertain the presence of God.

Remember, we are the church… we take Jesus into a broken world, wherever we go. Many of us believe that God is able to do amazing things. We believe He can heal—we believe He can save—we believe He can deliver, provide, and lead us to do His will. But, do we expect Him to do those things? 

Believing and expecting are two totally different expressions of faith.

Express to the Lord today, “I believe You can (fill in the blank) and I have an expectation that You will (fill in the blank) according to Your word that is forever settled in heaven. Also, I encourage you to study the Word of God and write down every scripture that pertains to your specific prayers and read them aloud when you pray.

Everyday I live I try to have an undeniable expectation that something miraculous is going to take place. Honestly, I have butterflies in my stomach when I think about the power of God. I never want to grow weary of God’s majesty and desire to stand in awe of Him always.


Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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