We read this verse the other day in our morning prayer session at work and it really dawned on me what I am doing wrong in my prayer life.
Isaiah 40:31King James Version (KJV) – 31 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.
What really struck me was the “wait upon the Lord” part. Have you ever, or when last did you sit and wait upon the Lord. Kept quiet and sat in His presence just waiting for Him to speak to you? In all honesty we all can admit to seasons when time spent in prayer or scripture reading feels more like a boring chore than an intimate connection with the living God. Or we use the excuse “no time”. Have you ever through that if you don’t make time for God, what would happen to us if He has to do the same. If we call upon Him, and He answers: “no time”?
Deep down in our spirit we desperately desire to connect with our Creator. And He is waiting for us. Figuring out how to do that seems difficult, though. After all, God is God, and “talking” to Him? Really? We always need to have our say, in life as well as in prayer. We make clear our desires, our needs, wants and choices in a quick prayer, often wanting instant results.
However in Matthew 6:6 it says – But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
To me there is no need to reflect on 2017, God knows everything! I want to challenge you to seek His face and during this festive season, make time and spend it with God. He’s everywhere, yet He’s invisible. We don’t connect with God in quite the same way we would with a friend at a coffee shop. Yet He asks us to come and spend time with Him. We are the ones losing out on an intimate relationship that will strengthen us so that when the storms of life comes, you will know where to run.
May you and your family have a peaceful, love filled and safe festive season and may 2018 be your year of the Lord!