Come, Lord Jesus!

“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:20

The oldest liturgical prayer that we know about is a command prayer, or prayer of invocation…

“Come, Lord Jesus!”

The early Christians must have shouted this prayer aloud with great fervor, knowing that He, their risen Lord, would by His Spirit be present to them in a most special way again…

Where the Presence of the Lord is truly invoked, there is little difficulty in believing on Him or moving in the spiritual power and authority He brings.[1]

How do we truly invoke His presence?  In faith, yes, but not a whipped-up confidence in one’s enthusiasm or certainty. We invoke Him in humility, small ones welcoming the great I AM.  Our call is born of hunger and dependence.  Our prayer is worshipful, moved by awe and adoration.  It is a loving reach in relationship, a bid toward Him who is with us.  In this invocation we engage the mystery of ultimate reality, passing from explanation to Incarnation.  We call on the One we have seen, touched and leaned against.  And, we call on the One we apprehend only by belief, thanking Him for the inexplicable gift of faith.  We learn this prayer by praying it, and just like His first disciples, we become as we look to Him, enabling those around us to do the same.


Come, Lord Jesus!

[1] Leanne Payne, The Healing Presence (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 1989), 49.
Painting: James Tissot, 1886, The Appearance of Christ at the Cenacle, [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons