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2. Pray more when you fell less
The usual response is to pray more when you feel more, that is we tend to pray more when we are in a season of personal revival. The discipline of prayer is better than revival praying, because its results are more consistent and more long term.
Waiting upon the Lord means you are in a season where "it," hasn't yet happened. Whatever your "it," is. But it also means you are doing something about it, you are praying and seeking God. That is the truest and most correct meaning of waiting upon the Lord. Waiting does not mean sitting still and doing nothing, it means sitting still and praying and seeking God.
Kindled From On High; by William Arthur
It is only by waiting before the throne of grace that we become endued with the Holy Fire. He who waits there long and believingly will imbibe that Fire and come forth from his communion with God bearing tokens of where he has been.
Kids go to a concert they come back with a T-shirt or a CD. They come back with tokens of where they have been.
Go to the beach and you come back with sea shells and a sunburn. Tokens of where you have been.
Go to Disney world and you come back with Mickey Mouse. Tokens of where you have been.
Go to the throne of God and you will come back with something.
Real and genuine tokens of where you have been, such as:
Unction and importunity in prayer
A compulsion and renewed compassion for the lost
Forgiveness for those who have offended us
Faith for whatever trial you may be facing
A song in your spirit, wind in your spiritual sails.
3. Rest in the sovereignty of God
Ga 4:1 Now I say, [That] the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
Ga 4:2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Even Jesus waited on the Lord, but He understood it was so God could line up all the ducks in a row. God has everything under control, we shouldn't freak out because He doesn't work according to our schedule, bust rest in the fact that He is doing what is best. Trust in His sovereignty.
In India on a missions trip I saw a cow with a rope from its mouth to the bottom of one of its legs. I asked about it and was told the cow tried to run away and was being broken of self-will and disobedience. With the rope in its mouth it could only walk forward by dropping its head every time its leg moved back, running away was impossible and simple walking was with difficulty. I had been amazed seeing cows being led down the street with nothing more than a simple stick from a tree. Now I understood how it was done. Waiting on God, is where He breaks us of self-will, as we learn that things are done on his schedule not ours. God's ways are better than ours, resting in His goodness towards us a loving parent, makes waiting time much more palatable.
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I am using a little play on the word wait. Here
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