Suppose God said to you "Do xyz and you will step deeper into My presence."
What if it's out of your comfort zone like shouting "GLORY!" in the middle of Wal-mart?
What if it puts you out, and you have to crawl out of bed at 2am, get dressed and go somewhere?
What if it's 10pm and you're exhausted, and He's telling you to keep praying?
Are you really willing? Willing to do anything? What if at 10pm you've already been praying for 3 hours and didn't feel a thing?
What if you just crawled into bed at 1am, after having just returned from the place that God wants you to go back to at 2am?
What if people you know are right down the aisle at Wal-mart?
Are you really willing?
It was probably the most fluent two-way conversation I've had with God ever. I had gone to bed and was talking to God when He showed me something that I could have done, something that I overlooked and then we talked it over. And then as I waited for sleep, I had the distinct feeling that He was trying to draw me into His presence. But I was tired, and knew it would take work and I wanted to roll over and asked Him to make it easier.
We went back and forth a moment before He told me to get up and get dressed and go.
I told God what time it was, and He didn't respond... I told God that going somewhere at this time of night isn't safe, parents everywhere cringe at things like this, still nothing.
I sighed repeatedly.
Then I got up and went.
And I had the best spiritual time that I've had all year long. Twice I felt I had reached the apex of what was happening and could go home, when God said press on, so I did, and He was there each time. I found myself speaking in tongues in the presence of Almighty Jehovah and then laughing as His Spirit covered me in joy.
It didn't happen though, till I got out of bed.
A commenter, SLW recently debated the point in comments with One-Sided and me about whether you should expect something more, just because you've gotten "serious". He argued that grace doesn't depend on our proving something to God. But I believe, sometimes, He just wants us to get out of bed.
Has God ever pulled you out of your comfort zone for something deeper?