Our daily time of prayer alone with God is such a miraculous exchange. Our weakness for His strength. Our failures for His forgiveness. Our petitions for His answers. Our barrenness for His life. Our fear for His love. In His Light we see Light. In His presence is fullness of Joy. His love is consuming. He is our All in All! One of the most important aspects of an awesome prayer life is that we don't do all the talking! Of course the Lord responds to our cry for help as we bring our petitions to the Father with childlike faith. But God's plan for us as we grow up in our praying is that we learn to be still in His presence, cultivating the art of hearing. It is what the Bible refers to many times as Waiting on the Lord. It is challenging, for our inclination more to DO than to BE STILL! It takes practice and the Holy Spirit is our Teacher in all.
Today, let's ask the Lord to teach us how to wait in His presence in awe of Him, trusting in His matchless Word. He will teach us how to be quiet and to "hear" with spiritual ears. Psalm 37:7 says, "Be still before the Lord and wait." Psalm 130:5 is one of my favorites, "I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord, more than the watchmen for the morning, more than the watchman for the morning." Be sure to have your journal/notebook with you and your Bible in prayer, for He will meet you in your waiting and He will show you great and mighty things that you do not know!!! Remember Isaiah 40:31, "But they that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength, they will mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Learning the art of waiting on the Lord brings strength and endurance for every day of the journey.
Waiting is to look to the Lord with expectation, with full assurance that He will meet you, He will fill you afresh with His presence, He will transform you, He will instruct you. Determine daily that before you ask, seek and knock, you will "wait upon the Lord" until you receive from Him. Meditate on His Word, Think about the splendor of Who He is. Listen. Lord, teach us how to Wait on You daily.