The call of Jesus to his disciples was to wait until they were clothed with power from on high.
In the waiting, we need a sense of anticipation. For the Church, we shouldn’t be waiting alone. We should be waiting together. It’s not about sticking ourselves in a room until something happens… although I’m not sure that’s not a completely bad idea… But we need to wait corporately.
We need to be lining our hearts up with the Word.
We need to be hearing from heaven in our worship.
With worship, the Word, and praying with and for each other, there is an opportunity hear from heaven. When the Spirit gets our hearts plowed up, there is the opportunity for power.
In Nehemiah 8 Ezra stood to read the Scriptures and teach the people for hours. They saturated themselves with the Word and through hearing the Word came conviction and repentance.
In Acts 13 it was in prayer and worship corporately that Paul and Barnabas were set aside for missions work.
It was in prayer and waiting on God that the Student Missions Movement was born in the 19th Century. It was prayer meetings in the Hebrides Islands that led to revival. It was a pastor in Pensacola, FL who wouldn’t stop praying for a move of God in his church that led to the Brownsville Revival.
There is a prayer movement rising.
It will lift up our missionaries, like our friend Steve, until there is complete healing.
It will raise up missionaries to reach the last of the unreached peoples in our generation.
It will raise up church planters in our city, out of our church, to put a gospel witness in neighborhoods all around us.
It will raise our level of faith as we see people healed, set free of bondages, and transformed by the power of the Kingdom.
Whatever you do… wait on God. Don’t wait to wait on God!
Give him ten minutes a day. Just shut up and listen. Have your Bible open and just listen.
It is time to wait on God. Quit waiting to wait!