“Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary” (Isaiah 40:31).
The man who waits upon God is not a mystic who hides from the hurts of humanity. In fact, he is quite the opposite. Those believers who have learned the art of waiting upon God have affected Christian history the most. The apostles waited on the promise of the Father, and as a result they were able to turn the Roman Empire upside down for the glory of God. Paul and four others wait upon the Lord in Acts 13, and as a result the gospel is brought to the European continent.
D. L. Moody said, “Luther and his companions were men of such mighty pleading with God, that they broke the spell of the ages, and laid nations subdued at the foot of the Cross. John Knox grasped all Scotland in his strong arms of faith; his prayers terrified tyrants. Whitefield, after much holy, faithful, closet-pleading, went to the devil’s fair, and took more than a thousand souls out of the paw of the lion in one day. See a praying Wesley turn more than ten thousand souls to the Lord! Look at the praying Finney, whose prayer, faith, sermons, and writings, have shaken this whole country and sent a wave of blessing through the churches on both sides of the sea.”
Waiting upon God breathes fire into the souls of men. It moves men into the battle for the souls of mankind. But the man or woman of prayer does not burn out. The Christian that has learned this art of waiting will never be destroyed in the battle.
–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippit (Click on the link for more information about this resource).
Lord God, sometimes I am an impatient child! Waiting is difficult when I want to be up and about “doing” things instead of sitting patiently at Your feet. Teach me how to wait upon You so that the fire You breathe into my soul will compel me to love You with greater passion and to care for and about my neighbor in life-changing ways!
Praise the one who is able to do immeasurably more than all one can ask or imagine. Thank God for what he is doing in your life and in the church in response to prayer. Confess little asking and weak praying. Commit yourself to asking and expecting much in Jesus’ name. Claim the promise that Christ will come to you and make his home in your heart if you love him and trust him.
Pray that the countries currently banning the Bible may soon rescind these bans so that their people may have free access to the Bible.
“Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.” —Thomas Fuller
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on title for more information about this resource).