If we are to come into the presence of God we must learn the art of waiting upon God. There is no hustle and bustle in the presence of God. David is known in Scripture as a man after God’s own heart. He continually speaks in the Psalms of waiting upon the Lord. If we are to be God’s men and women we must also learn to wait upon the Lord.
Waiting upon God recognizes two important truths from Scripture: the helplessness of man and the sufficiency of Christ. As we wait upon God we understand Jesus’ words, “Apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5, emphasis added).
Andrew Murray stated, “The deep need for this waiting upon God lies equally in the nature of man and the nature of God. God, as Creator, formed man, to be a vessel in which He could show forth His power and goodness. Man was not to have in himself a fountain of life, or strength, or happiness . . . . Man was to have the joy of receiving every moment out of the fullness of God. This was his blessedness as an unfallen creature.”
–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippit
Blessed Creator, You have made me for the purpose of intimacy and friendship with You so that I will be filled with love and compassion for others. Show me how to wait upon You with joy and a patient heart. Apart from Your Presence, I can do nothing!
Praise God for his matchless grace. Give thanks that his grace is sufficient for you in every situation. Confess any do-it-yourself efforts in which you have rejected God’s grace and tried to go it alone. Commit yourself to being a channel of that grace to others. Ask that God will meet your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19) and that his grace will be poured out abundantly.
Lift up the names of the leaders of your nation, state/province, and community, asking that the Lord’s strength and wisdom come to full maturity in each one as they learn to rely on him.
“Our business in prayer is not to prescribe, but to subscribe to the wisdom and will of God; to refer our case to him, and then leave it with him.” —Anonymous
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend