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    by David Wilkerson

    "Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in

    His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart" (Psalm 24:3-4).

    From the very beginning, God has been calling holy men to the

    mountain of his presence to hear from heaven. He called Abraham

    to a mountain to prove him and bring him into close union with

    himself (see Genesis 22:2). Abraham received the knowledge of

    who God was as he put the knife to his own son - and God

    provided the ram as a sacrifice instead of Isaac: "He said, `Do not

    lay your hand on the ladī ... Then Abraham lifted his eyes and

    looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in the thicket"

    (Genesis 22:12-13).

    Moses was drawn by God to Mount Horeb, where he received

    his call to lead Israel out of bondage. And Moses was taken

    back to the mountain every time God wanted to speak to his

    people: "And Moses went up the mount to God, and Jehovah

    called for him from the mountain" (Exodus 19:3, Hebrew Bible).

    Peter was on the mount, in the presence of God, when he heard

    the voice of the Lord. "And we heard this voice which came from

    heaven, when we were with Him on the holy mountain" (2 Peter 1:18).

    The mountaintop is not easily reached. You enter through the

    secret closet and you stay, willing to risk everything to be alone

    in God's holy presence until your soul is on fire. It is reached

    by coming back every day, going higher each time, over rocks

    and precipices of opposition-and there is no turning back until

    the summit is reached. No one gets to the summit of God's

    presence with one-hour devotions. It must become a way of life.

    The revelation of Christ is too vast to ever be fully comprehended.

    But those who are shut in with God in prayer gain an ever-growing

    apprehension of Christ as the Holy Spirit reveals him in the heart.

    Get back to the secret closet and be renewed by the Lordīs glorious

    presence. You can have a "mountaintop experience" where your

    joy is restored and your life takes on new purpose and direction.