Early in my Christian life I read of the experiences of men such as D. L. Moody and Charles Finney. I longed to have an experience like them. I believed I would become a man of God if I could have an encounter with God like Finney and Moody had. Moody was so overwhelmed by the power of God that he had to ask God to stay His hand. And Finney said that waves and waves of liquid love flowed over him.
After I read about those experiences I told God that I was ready for His waves of love to come over me as they did Charles Finney. But they never came. I asked Him to let His power come upon me as it did upon D. L. Moody. But it never came. Finally, while in prayer I discovered an insight. It was not the will of God for me to know the experience of Moody and Finney, but it was the will of God for me to know the God of Moody and Finney.
Our experiences with God are the result of the communion between God and human personalities. Although the nature of God does not change, no two personalities are the same. Finney did not have the experience of Moody, and Moody did not have the experience of Finney. But each had the mark of God upon his life.
This insight revolutionized my thinking. I learned to wait on God in order that I might know Him. I ceased striving after another person’s experience. I rested in God and waited on Him. My prayer life left the realm of human striving and entered the realm of spiritual understanding.
–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippitt
Father, waiting upon You allows me to truly know all that You are. Give me patience to rest in You and to wait upon You so that I might more fully understand Your plans and purposes in and for my life. Keep me from the temptation of my human striving so that I might not be deceived by what will never truly satisfy. I want to seek the fullness and depths of all that You are!
Praise God as the only true God who has revealed himself to you in his Word and through his Son. Give thanks for the Bible through which God reveals himself and his will for your life. Confess any failure to use and respond to that revealed Word. Commit yourself to meditating on the Word and allowing it to dwell richly in your heart (Col. 3:16). Ask that you may remain in Christ and his words in you, so that you can bear much fruit to the Father’s glory (Jn. 15:7).
Pray by name for unsaved friends and neighbors that they may know the love of God, may believe in his Son Jesus Christ, and will not perish but have everlasting life (Jn. 3:16).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend