Seek God…Not Experiences

Waiting upon God opens a new dimension to Christian living. It opens all of heaven to the believer. The Christian begins to live and walk by the Holy Spirit rather than by his own strength and power. Therefore, it is important to understand the meaning of waiting upon God.

First, one must understand what waiting does not mean. Waiting upon God is not seeking after an experience. Too many believers have made the mistake of attempting to emulate the experiences of other Christians. We read of the experiences of the great men and women of God in past years and attempt to duplicate their experiences. After hearing of a Christian friend that had an extraordinary experience with God, we may begin to seek that experience rather than God.

–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippit (Click on the link for more information about this resource).

Father, I long to experience many things that I hear from others and see happening around me.  Yet, I recognize that I must faithfully wait upon You in order to live and walk by the power of the Holy Spirit within me.  Drawing near to You has nothing to do with an experience, but everything to do with allowing You to transform my heart and my character.  May I learn to be satisfied with simply spending each moment in Your holy Presence.

Prayer Points

Praise God, who is your refuge and strength (Psalm 46). Give thanks for his “ever present help in trouble” (v. 1). Confess any desire to live life apart from God. Commit yourself to being still and knowing that he is God. Ask him to prosper you and not harm you, to give you hope and a future
(Jer. 29:11).

Pray that your pastor may have a fruitful ministry and that he may handle responsibilities with grace and patience. Ask that he may have a harmonious working relationship with other congregational leaders.

Prayer Pointer
“Prayer is the most vital force in world evangelism.” —Anonymous

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on title for more information about this resource).