It was a great Sunday service, the message spoke to your heart, the Holy Spirit was heavy in worship, and toward the end the Pastor invited his congregation to sit at the altar of the Lord. Throughout the service you felt the Lord tugging at your heart, a yearning for Him to move within your situation and life. The altar is open but your fleshly mind talks you out of going up, “if I go to the altar what will people think? There is nothing wrong with me, I do not need to go”. We have all been there, God is prompting us to come closer to Him and sit in His presence and we talk ourselves out of it. Of course He can talk to us right where we are in the pew but I believe this invitation to the altar is more symbolic of surrender and desperation. Let us remember the woman in the Bible who bled for twelves years, “if I can just touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, I will be healed”, so she pushed through the crowd and rejected the voices of others who might condemn her.(Matt 9:18-22)
That desperation within the woman set her free from affliction. When our hearts feel as though a tornado of emotions and longings are being stirred up, God invites us to His throne of Glory for comfort and deliverance. There comes a time where one has to be so deliberate and desperate that they bypass all the questions in their mind and walk in obedience to the Holy Spirit. If God says, “come to me” then we need to do exactly that because He is ready to move in a mighty way. The altar is a V.I.P experience, the biggest celebrity always shows up at it, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Don’t ignore the stirring.