I think of the verses in Jeremiah 23:23-24 which say, “Am I a God near at hand, says the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him? says the Lord; do I not fill heaven and earth? says the Lord.”
The Lord is everywhere at once. Thinking about this attribute to add into prayer can be rather mind stretching. Nothing in all the world’s activities is hidden from Him.
He dwells in the heart of every born again believer. Amy Carmichael, missionary in India, would say: He is closer to me than air. I love Psalm 46:1 which says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Here is another in Psalm 145:18 which says, “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.”
The Lord is present throughout the world, but he personally manifests His presence in multiple ways. As we add this attribute into our prayers we are affirming what is, not asking Him to come. Instead of saying something like ‘be with me now’ we would say, ‘I am so grateful You are with me right now. I acknowledge that You are present with me in this trying situation.’
The cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night was a tangible manifestation of the Lord. There was no question in the minds of the children of Israel. We don’t have the cloud or the pillar, but we have God’s written word. John 14:21 says, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
As we add His attribute of All Present into our prayers, let us look for His manifestation through His answers. He is at work now globally, within our nation, and our lives personally. Let us be alert watchers and join Him in what He is calling us to do.