A quote from J. I. Packer has me asking myself this question: How much do I desire and expect God to show up in power when I gather with God’s people to worship? I do not mean by this desiring and expecting fanciful or even spectacular acts which make us ooh and ahh, but rather the power of God’s Spirit showing up to comfort, convict, and challenge us…to meet with us in the depths of our soul and cause us to walk away saying, “I met with God today!”
Here is the quote:
The New Testament writers expect that every Christian community will show forth the power of the Holy Spirit, for to enjoy a rich outpouring of the Holy Spirit is a privilege entailed upon the New Testament church as such. For churches to lack the Spirit’s powerful working in their corporate life is by biblical standards unnatural…” – Keep in Step with the Spirit, J. I. Packer, p. 200.