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LEARN TO WAIT ON GOD
They that wait upon the Lord will 'exchange' strength. They shall mount up
with wings like eagles. They shall run and
not be weary, they shall walk and not
faint" (lsn 40:31).
What does the Bible mean when it says
to ' '... wait upon the Lord? ' ' There are two
concepts involved in "waiting upon the
a. Waiting For God's Time. That is,
take no major action until God shows you
it is time to act.
b. Waiting In Prayer And Fasting. To spend time prayerfully in God's presence in
devotional exercises, sometimes involving fasting as well as prayer.
Waiting God's Time
God Controls The Time. The Bible
says, "...When the fullness of time -was
come, God sent forth his Son... " (Gal 4:4). God controls the times and seasons. He
had a time to send Jesus into the world. He
has a time for all things. Wait for God's
time. Don't get ahead and don't lag behind. Wait upon the Lord. He will reveal
His time to you.
The times and seasons are in the Father's own power (Acts 1:7). Let us learn
to wait patiently on Him. He will reveal the
times and seasons to us when we need to
Waiting In Prayer And Fasting
"Let not them that wait upon thee ...be
ashamed, ..let not those that seek thee be
confounded... "(Ps 69:6).
If we are to "exchange" our limited
strength for His unlimited power, we must
establish a consistent daily devotional
habit. Disciplining oneself to times of
regular prayer (and fasting) is one of the most difficult things for most church
to do. The pressure of daily schedules and
activities tend to rob us of these essential
devotional times with the Lord.
How Do Daily Devotional Times
Help? Try this experiment. Fill a pitcher
right to the top brim with water. Fill it so
full another drop would make it run over.
Then start dropping in stones about the
size of your hand. What happens? With
every stone that goes in the pitcher, a like
amount of water overflows and spills out
from the pitcher.
This is the way we exchange our
strength for God's. We are filled with the
water of our own strength. As we spend
time in prayer, God begins dropping in the
stones of His strength and power. These
stones of grace displace the water of negative unbelieving attitudes, stones of
dependence on the Lord displace the stagnant
water of "I can do it without God" attitudes. His divine enablements
fill our life, and our powerlessness is replaced with His strength. How can I
cause God's strength to fill my life? It is a natural-supernatural process. If
you spend daily time in prayer it will be like the growing-up process. A child
does not grow up and become strong by thinking about it or trying to force
himself to grow up. It is a natural process that happens as a result of proper
diet and exercise.
In the same way, if we will spend time each day reading the
Bible and praying, this spiritual nutrition will promote the growth of God's
strength in his life. The exchange of your
strength for His, will take place gradually and consistently.
How Should I Conduct My Devotional Time?
1) Confess Sin. Ask the Lord to
bring any un-confessed sins to your mind.
Acknowledge these sins to God and ask for
and receive His forgiveness and cleansing
2) Praise God. Next, take time to
give thanks and praise to God for Who He
is and for what He has done (Ps 100).
3) Surrender The Day To God. Tell
God how much you need His direction and
guidance. Ask for His guidance and obey
any instructions you feel God gives you in
4) Pray For Family, Church, All Believers. Pray for your spouse, children and
family members. Pray for your church members and leaders. Pray for believers in
other parts of the world. Pray for the orphans and widows (those without family).
5) Pray For Leaders, Missionaries,
Evangelism. Pray for the leaders of your
nation. Pray for your spiritual leaders. Pray
for the tribes and language groups in your
part of the world who still need the gospel.
Pray for the missionaries and for the evangelization of other nations.
6) Pray In Other Tongues. In all this praying — let the Holy Spirit's action
come upon you and pray in other tongues (languages) and pray for the interpretation of your prayers in other
tongues (ICor 14:13,14).
7) Write Down What The Lord
Gives You And Do It! Write down impressions you feel came to you from the
Lord during your prayer time. Take obedient action in response to anything God
gives you in prayer.