It should be the desire of every Believer to enter the manifest presence of the Lord. (Manifest means to make tangible or obvious to one or more of our senses.) It is the desire of the Lord to have intimacy with us and to reveal more of Himself to us. And yet, He is cautious in His approach. He looks at the spiritual hunger of His people and pursues intimacy with those who will respond to Him. He is drawn to those who have already said to Him, in their hearts, "Draw me after you, and let us run together!" (Song of Solomon 1:4 - NAS)
The word "draw" was brought to the forefront of my attention when I attended a Monday evening Bible study. We were looking at the story of the Samaritan woman from Sychar who had an encounter with Jesus at Jacob's well. John 4:7 says, "When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, 'Will you give me a drink?'" Jesus was opening a door for her to have communion with Him. He was drawing her because He could see her heart to know her Messiah.
Jesus continued: "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." (John 4:10) What the Lord imparts to us in intimate communion with Him is living water. Living water cleanses us and penetrates us with refreshing that remains. The woman's spiritual eyes had not been opened yet, and she responded, "Sir, you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?" (John 4:11) Jesus assured her that He has water that forever satisfies. "...Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (V. 14)
Jesus continued to draw the Samaritan woman to Himself by revealing what He know about her life. He also revealed the heart of Father God to have true worshipers, worshiping Him in spirit and in truth. (V. 24) And, He revealed His identity as Messiah: "I who speak to you am he." (V.26) The woman was so overcome with excitement to share the revelation of the Messiah that she left her water jar and ran back to town to share the good news with her neighbors. The testimony of this woman opened the way for many Samaritans to have fellowship with Jesus and to believe in Him. They confessed, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man is the Savior of the world." (V. 42)
It is significant that the Samaritan people from Sychar willingly stopped their activities to encounter their Messiah. They were drawn to Jesus by the testimony they heard. Jesus did the drawing, however, they had to decide the way that they would respond. Jesus told a crowd at Jerusalem, "But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." (John 12:32) This is the reason that Father God sent Jesus to earth. (John 6:44)
Jesus has come to draw us to Himself. The first draw comes at The Cross. But there can be a continual drawing if we are willing to respond to the Lord like the Bride in Song of Solomon. "Draw me! We will run after you!" (Song of Solomon 1:4 - AMP) Deep within us we must have a spiritual hunger that rises above all earthly concerns. We must give the Lord permission to remove anything that hinders our relationship with Him. In order to be brought into that place of intimacy with our Savior we must pray the prayer "Draw me," wait for the Lord to increase our hunger and then run after Him. As we commit ourselves to times of intimacy with Him, He will continue to draw us so that we can know Him experientially.
The Lord yearns for our company. He desires to take us into the secret place of His presence. He asks, "Are you willing to make the commitment to run after me with every part of your being--body, soul and spirit? If so, we open the door for the King of kings, our Bridegroom, to bring us into His chamber. In prayer, ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you and be ready to respond by dropping everything and running after Him.
Joan E. Mathias