“ But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will look forth to see what he will speak with me..” Habakkuk 2:1
If you want to get God’s vision for your life and ministry, you must want to hear it, you must withdraw from distractions to hear it, and then you must wait to hear it.
The New International Version says, “…I will station myself…” (NIV) What does it mean to station yourself before God? It means stay put. It means, ‘I’m not moving.’ It means, ‘I’m going to be still.’ ‘I’m going to sit here and I am not going to move until I hear from you, God.’
Hurry is the death of prayer. We feel all kinds of pressure to get in a hurry. Yet, God won’t speak to us as we run out the door. He wants us to care enough to linger and listen in our prayer time.
So many times we’re running so revved up, we can’t get slowed down enough to tune into God.
So, how do you slow down? You calm your mind by relaxing your body. You take deep breaths and you relax your muscles and let the tension drain out.
The Bible says David sat before the Lord. Some people think you have to kneel in prayer and that is one of many appropriate ways to pray, but it’s not the most common way of praying in the Bible. The most common form of praying in the Bible is standing with your eyes wide open looking up to heaven and talking out loud to God.
You don’t have to have a speech. You don’t have to be poetic. You don’t even have to speak in complete sentences. Just talk to God like you would normally talk, but then, like any conversation, stop talking and listen – wait to hear from God.
David says there are three things to do as you wait –
Wait quietly — “I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.” (Psalm 62:5 NLT)
Wait patiently — “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.” (Psalm 37:7 NLT)
Wait expectantly — “I wait expectantly, trusting God to help, for he has promised.” (Psalm 105:5 LB)
And this is so important: you must expect to hear from God. So many do not expect God to give them a dream or an insight. They don’t say that specifically, but their behavior and attitude indicate they are no longer waiting on God, But waiting is the faith factor. We wait expectantly, and waiting on God is never a waste of time. In fact, it’s some of the best time you will ever invest in your ministry.
In the Bible Paul and Silas knew about waiting, and they waited well. Acts 16 tells the story of how they were attacked by a crowd, beaten and thrown in jail. Verse 24 says the jailer put them into the inner prison (the dungeon) and fastened their feet in the stocks. He was making sure they couldn’t escape. But about midnight, God showed up. Now it would have been nice if He’d come a little earlier, but Paul and Silas didn’t seem to mind—they just decided to start singing and began to worship the Lord. They began to wait on God.
So don’t give up! Don’t stop believing! Stay full of hope and expectation. God’s power is limitless, and He’ll breakthrough for you.
Lord, I ask you today to give me strength as I wait on you.
I ask you to forgive me for times when my impatience delayed or hindered you from moving.
Quicken my spirit when I show habitual impatience, as I know victory comes in your timing.
I look forward to our increased time together as I choose from today onward to simply be quite and listen for your voice.
And God, if you do not speak, know this… I will still wait on you. I will wait quietly, patiently, and expectancy because I know you WILL move on my behalf.