Manifest Presence Of The Lord P-12
By Walter Beuttler
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man
hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to
him, and will sup with him, and he with Me;"
"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me
My Throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down
with My Father in His Throne." Rev 3:20-21
One day as I sat before the Lord, He drew my attention to
the above passage of Scripture. As I held this before the
Lord, I began to see something on a higher level than I had
The Lord made known to me the method of His approach, in
order to lead us into a feast with Him. The key to this is
the word "attention." If I came to your house, I
would not casually open the door, walk in and say, "Hi,
where is the refrigerator?" Rather, I would first knock
on the door to get your attention. After you responded to
my knock, all else would follow. So also in Rev 3:20, the
Lord knocks to attract our attention.
This knock may come in a number of different ways. For example,
while on a trans Pacific flight, I was thinking about some
problems I would face when I returned home, when suddenly
I felt a tug at my spirit, as something seeking attention.
Through experience, I recognized this as the presence of
the Lord, seeking to come and commune with me. I immediately
stopped what I was doing, and turned aside into His presence,
where we communed together. I can testify that these times
of fellowship with the Lord have been profoundly satisfying
One time when I was in Australia, the pastor asked if I would
return during the Christmas season for their ministers’
seminar. He said that he also invited another minister and
would arrange the tickets. I then told him I would come if
he would promise not to place us on the same flight. If the
Lord requested my attention while this minister was sitting
next to me, I would need to become totally unresponsive to
him, and he might feel hurt. Therefore, I always seek to avoid
this possibility; but if I must, I choose not to hurt the
The Lord often quickens within me a chorus, "When He
calls I will answer." This is the Lord telling me that
He is about to knock on the door of my heart. Therefore, I
am very careful about what I do, so I can remain sensitive
to hear and respond to His voice.
At times, this presence of the Lord may lead into a prolonged
time of worship and communion with Him. Or, it may turn into
intercession, which requires a turning inward to allow the
burden to have its full outworking. It is important that we
arrange our time so we can rightly respond, as the Lord may
While on a Pan-Am flight from New York to Datkar, I was sitting
alone by a window. A lady across the isle asked if I would
change my seat and eat with her. But a short time before,
I had felt this chorus rise up within, "When He calls,
I will answer." I had to tell her that I could not do
this. Another man agreed and they talked all evening. I would
have missed a very special time of communion with the Lord,
during which He prepared me for the ministry that was before
The Lord may knock through a "check of the spirit."
This is an indication to stop whatever is being done and turn
inward to listen for His voice. This has happened at home
and my wife will say, "Why are you so quiet?" When
I respond that I have something working in me, she immediately
knows what I mean.
The Lord often speaks through alarm, or conviction, in a
way that quickly arrests our attention. One year I had planned
a stop in Baghdad to rest. I thought that while there, I would
take a bus to the ancient city of Babylon. I woke in the morning
with a presence and felt something alarming about it. I sat
up in bed, and felt very uneasy in my spirit.
I said to the Lord, "What is wrong?" Suddenly before
me stood the word "Baghdad." He never explained,
but I knew at once that I was to remove that stop from my
trip. Had I not obeyed, I might have become involved in some
There is a price tag that is attached to this kind of walk.
There have been times when I was with someone for dinner or
visiting with them, and all of a sudden there came that nudge
from the Lord, seeking my attention and I would have to excuse
myself, and remove to a quiet place in order to respond.
I was visiting a family while teaching at a camp meeting.
They had set out a very special meal for me. As we began to
eat, suddenly that special nudge came in my spirit and I knew
what it meant. As graciously as I possibly could, I excused
myself and turned aside into the presence of the Lord. Later
when I returned, the table was cleared and the food put away.
I was never invited again.
There are times when the Lord asks that which is difficult
While ministering in France, at the end of a service, a woman
who may have been past ninety years of age, pushed a French
coin into my hand. She said, "You have helped me and
I want to do something for you." I knew she could not
afford to give this coin, but I received it. The Lord had
taught me long ago, "I will command the ravens to sustain
thee." The ravens are God's ordinary nobodies.
The Lord had said to Elijah, "I have commanded a widow
woman to sustain you." Elijah said to this woman, "What
do you have?" She responded that she had some meal and
a little flour and was going to make a pancake for herself
and for her son, and then they would starve.
Elijah then said, "First make me a cake." I would
like to ask Elijah, "How did you feel when you asked
that poor widow woman to give you her last cake, knowing the
consequence?" He was walking in obedience, therefore
the Lord provided for the woman.
If I had refused to take that woman's coin, I would have
deprived her of one of her greatest blessings from the Lord.
But on my part, it took a humiliating experience. I had extra
money with me, and this poor lady was giving me a small coin.
Your obedience will kill you, but only then can the Lord raise
There are those who do not understand my walk with the Lord.
There is a price that must be paid, as friends may be lost.
But I had made the determination that I would at all cost
obey the Lord. It is not easy to keep such a commitment. The
Lord may put our obedience to the test. We may be tempted
to give in due to pressure from others, knowing that they
do not understand.
In the Lord's time and way, He will vindicate us. In the
meantime, the communion we have with Him cannot be compared
to anything we might otherwise have.