Dear Jesus

In addition to the three dimensions of space and the one of time, there is the dimension of openness to My Presence. This one transcends the other four, giving you glimpses of heaven while you still reside on earth.

Dear Jesus,

I’m trying to wrap my mind around the concept of this fifth dimension — openness to Your Presence. It seems quite reasonable, because I know You transcend both space and time. However, I’m a time-bound creature: I can exist only in the present. Also, the world I see around me is decidedly three-dimensional. So, understanding this fifth dimension is a “stretch” for me — a stretch of faith.

Beloved, you are right on target. Openness to My Presence is all about faith: believing that though I am invisible, I am both Real and really with you. This is foundational to knowing Me. However, there is also an art to knowing Me. It is very personal, because each of My followers has a unique relationship with Me: comprised of all your communication with Me, your love for Me, your receptivity and responsiveness to Me.

Sometimes when you are seeking My Face, My Presence becomes more real to you than the space-time moment you occupy. The reality of My glorious Being outshines your current circumstances and lifts you above them. You feel free, and your spirit soars with Me. You rejoice in Me and are strengthened by that divine Joy. Thus, you enjoy glimpses of heaven while continuing to dwell on earth. 

Now Sometimes when you are seeking My Face, My Presence becomes more real to you than the space-time moment you occupy. The reality of My glorious Being outshines your current circumstances and lifts you above them. You feel free, and your spirit soars with Me. You rejoice in Me and are strengthened by that divine Joy. Thus, you enjoy glimpses of heaven while continuing to dwell on earth. 

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 

~ Hebrews 11:1

Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

~ John 11:40

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

~ Ephesians 2:6

Dear Jesus

Come to Me. Come to Me. Come to Me. This is My continual invitation to you, proclaimed in holy whispers.

Dear Jesus,

Your invitation makes my heart leap! How I long to hear Your holy whispers and respond with my whole being. So often, though, I’m distracted by the noise of my worries and the clamor of the world. Help me remember Your inviting Presence even when I’m too hassled to hear Your Love-whispers.

Beloved, you do well to ask for help in remembering. My chosen children have consistently forgotten Me and the great works I’ve done on their behalf. I made a dry path through the Red Sea for the Israelites, saving them from the pursuing Egyptians. Yet many of those former slaves remembered the tasty food they had eaten in Egypt better than they recalled My miraculous deeds to set them free. You also tend to “major on minors,” letting trivial matters distract you from Me. You forget that My sacrificial death and miraculous resurrection shed Light on each moment of your life. I want you to live vibrantly in this Light, increasingly aware of My nearness.

To help in your endeavor to remember, think of Me as the Lover of your soul: the One who delights in you now and forevermore. View yourself first and foremost as My beloved, since that is your ultimate identity. Fill your mind with Bible verses that convince you of My perfect Love for you. 

Come to Me at all times, My loved one. Pour out your heart to Me, for I am your Refuge. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
~ Matthew 11:28

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
~ Exodus 14:21–22

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
~ Psalm 62:8

Dear Jesus

I want you to be all Mine. I am weaning you from other dependencies. Your security rests in Me alone: not in other people, not in circumstances.

Dear Jesus,

I’m grateful for the security You provide in my life. The world has become such a frightening, insecure place! If You were not my Savior, I don’t know how I would cope with all the uncertainty. However, I am not yet weaned from other dependencies: I want to depend on You plus other people and favorable circumstances.

Beloved, I am pleased by your candid admission. That gives Me an entrance into your life, so I can work with you on this matter. I’m not asking you to become a hermit or otherwise isolate yourself from other people. On the contrary, I want My children to help and love one another. One of the main ways I bless people is through the loving acts of others. However, you need to remember that every good and perfect gift is ultimately from Me, even if it comes to you through human hands. 

The main danger of misplaced dependence is that it can border on idolatry. If you let your basic well-being depend on another person’s behavior, you elevate that one to a position that only I should occupy. This is not only displeasing to Me; it is destructive. Because people are imperfect and unpredictable, your life may come to resemble a roller-coaster ride: subject to the whims and moods of another person. Even worse, your intimacy with Me will be hindered by your preoccupation with someone else. I deserve first place in your heart!

I want you to rejoice in Me at all times, in all kinds of circumstances. You may ask freely for whatever you desire, bringing Me your petitions with thanksgiving. Regardless of how I answer your requests, this prayer-transaction comes with a promise: My Peace will guard your heart and your mind, keeping you close to Me.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.

~ James 1:17

“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.”

~ Revelation 2:4

Rejoice in the Lord always . . . . In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

~ Philippians 4:4–7

Dear Jesus

I am nearer than you dare believe, closer than the air you breathe. If My children could only recognize My Presence, they would never feel lonely again.

Dear Jesus,

I deeply desire to experience Your Presence more consistently. When I am aware of Your nearness, I feel peaceful and content. It’s awesome that You are even closer than the air I breathe. Usually, I’m not conscious of being enveloped in air, because it is invisible and constantly available to me. Similarly, Your unseen Presence is a constant in my life, but I often fail to recognize You. That leaves me vulnerable to loneliness.

Beloved, it’s good that you see the connection between loneliness and lack of awareness. This is an age-old problem. When the patriarch Jacob was in a barren place—far from his family—he was quite conscious of his isolation. However, I poured out My Presence upon him, in the form of a glorious dream. When Jacob awoke, he responded, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it” (Genesis 28:16). 

It is possible to feel isolated even when you are with other people, because of the privacy of your thoughts and unspoken needs. The only thing that can adequately fill the gaps of isolation is awareness of My abiding Presence. Not only am I constantly with you, but I am also within you: in the inner recesses of your heart and mind. My knowledge of you is picture-perfect, and it is framed in unconditional Love.

Let feelings of loneliness remind you of your need to seek My Face. Come to Me with your ever-so-human emptiness, and My divine Presence will fill you with Life to the full!

In my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever. 
~ Psalm 41:12 

The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 
~ Psalm 145:17–18 

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” 
~ John 10:10

Dear Jesus

Go gently through this day, leaning on Me and enjoying My Presence.

Dear Jesus,

Gently seems to be the only way I can make it through this day. I’m grateful for Your perfect understanding: for commanding me to do precisely what I need most at this moment. Thank You also for inviting me to lean on You. I need to lean on someone, and You are definitely the most reliable Person I could ever find. It amazes me that You—the Lord of the universe—are always available to help me.

Beloved, My availability is based on My commitment to you, which is deeper and stronger than even the most ardent wedding vows. No matter how passionately in love a bride and groom may be, their vows last only until one of them dies. My commitment, however, is absolutely unlimited. When you asked Me to be your Savior, I wed you for eternity. Neither death nor life, nor anything else in all creation can separate you from My Love!

I want you to go gently through this day, because I Myself am gentle—especially with those who are weak. You are free to lean on Me as much as you like, but I also want you to enjoy Me. When you are weary, you find it easier to lean on Me than to enjoy My company. In an attempt to save energy, you tend to shut down emotionally. But it is possible for you to be joyful in Me—Your Savior—even in desperate circumstances. Remember that I am your strength. Rejoice in Me, and relax while I speak to you in a gentle whisper.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
~ Romans 8:38–39 

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. 
~ Habakkuk 3:17–19

After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 
~ 1 Kings 19:12

Dear Jesus

Instead of dreading difficulties that may or may not occur, view this day as a sacred adventure to be shared with Me.

Dear Jesus, 

My heart delights in Your invitation to live this day as a sacred adventure. You are my King of kings, and I long to live in a manner that displays my adoption into Your royal family. You are also my Lord of lords, so anything shared with You is sacred. I admit, though, that my mind is often preoccupied with ordinary matters and concerns. When a new day stands open before me, I scan it for difficulties that may occur, wondering if I’ll be able to cope. This is the natural bent of my mind: an earthbound focus.

Beloved, it is natural for your mind to be drawn toward mundane matters. But you are capable of so much more than that! I created you in My own image, with incredible abilities given only to mankind. When you became a believer, I infused My Spirit into your innermost being. The combination of My image and My Spirit in you is powerful—making you fit for greatness.

I want you to begin each day viewing yourself as a chosen warrior, ready to go into battle. Of course, there will be difficulties, but they need not be your focus. Put on the full armor I have provided, and you will be ready for whatever battles you have to fight. When you are engaged in combat, keep looking to Me for strength and guidance. Remember that you and I together can handle whatever difficulties come your way. Abandon yourself to the challenges I have chosen for you. Then you will find your days increasingly devoted to sacred adventures shared with Me—your King!

God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
~ 1 Timothy 6:15–16

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.
~ Romans 8:11

Dear Jesus

Seek to please Me above all else. Let that goal be your focal point as you go through this day.

Dear Jesus,

I definitely need a focal point to guide me through this day. My mind slips out of focus very easily. When I fix my thoughts on You, the fog lifts and I can see things more clearly. A good way to stay focused on You is seeking to please You moment by moment. I really do want to please You, but I am easily sidetracked by lesser goals.

Beloved, you will not be able to achieve success through discipline alone. This pursuit requires much more than an act of your will: It is largely powered by what is in your heart. As your Love for Me grows stronger, so does your desire to please Me. When a man and a woman are deeply in love, they take great delight in pleasing one another. They may spend hours pondering ways to surprise their beloved with unexpected pleasures. Simply anticipating the loved one’s happiness is exciting to such a lover. Actually, I Myself am such a Lover. I delight in increasing your Joy: making it complete. The best way to grow in your passion for Me is to increase your awareness of My ardent Love for you.

Whenever you seek to please Me, think about Me as the Lover of your soul: the One who loves you perfectly every nanosecond of your existence. Let your budding desire to please Me flourish in the Light of My unfailing Love.

Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.
~ Hebrews 3:1

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
~John 15:9–11

But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.
~ Psalm 52:8