Last night as I scrolled through my Facebook page I came across a disturbing post. When I woke up this morning I was still thinking about it and began to think, “What can I do about this?” Can I visit this person, should I start a class, should I get some friends and go do some prayer ministry? Do, do, do, do! It sounds like a song, but it’s not a heavenly song.
The Holy Spirit then reminded me of what I’ve been writing – that prayer is the greater work. When Jesus said that we would do greater works than this, he meant that we’d have unfettered access to the throne room of heaven. We can know his hear heartbeat and ask anything in confidence and we can know that he answers our prayer.
So now the test. Will I take a short 5 second prayer (which counts) or will I dig in in confidence, boldness, patience and power like I’ve been encouraged to do? Will I start my prayer with a bold declaration of who God is and stay in the place of prayer until breakthrough. Sounds exhausting! And what if the situation doesn’t change? What if I don’t feel anything? How long should I stay there?
“Pray because you have a Father, not because it quietens you, and give Him time to answer.”
“The only way to keep right is to watch and pray. Prayer on any other basis than that on which it is placed in the New Testament is stupid, and the basis of prayer is not human earnestness, not human need, not the human will, it is redemption, and its living centre is a personal Holy Spirit.”
“Waiting means standing under, in active strength, enduring till the answer comes.”“Watch for God’s answer to your prayers, and not only watch, but wait.”