Wednesday, April 06, 2005

"Prayer: Just Wait on God"

But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him.
--Habakkuk 2:20

I think we are the busiest bunch of eager beavers ever seen in the religious world. The idea seems to be that if we are not running in a circle, breathing down the back of our own neck, we are not pleasing God!

When Jesus said, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15 KJV), Peter probably leaped to his feet and, no doubt, scooped up his hat on the way out. He was going to go right then!

But the Lord said, "Peter, come back, and 'stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high' (Luke 24:49)."

I heard a Christian leader warn recently that we are suffering from a rash of amateurism in Christian circles. Christianity has leveled down and down and down. We are as light as butterflies--though we flit, flit, flit around in the sunshine and imagine that we are eagles flapping our broad wings.

Sometimes I think the Church would be better off if we would call a moratorium on activity for about six weeks and just wait on God to see what He is waiting to do for us. That's what they did before Pentecost. The Counselor, 95.

A prayer meeting once, a brother brought up the hypothetical that if we were suspend all fellowship/church activities for a week, would Christians continue to meet up?

I think the vast majority of people would not...and I believe part of the reason why is that we've gotten excellent at doing ministry for the LORD, but not ministry to the LORD. One thing I've learned the past couple of years is that a fair amount of what we can be done apart from the Spirit of God.

Let's face it folks, if we truly sowed in the Spirit, we would reap a harvest from the Spirit. I'm not talking about a 30 year famine here. And yet, for some of our lives, that is what it feels like doesn't it? We're so anxious to fulfill the purposes of God in our own strength that we forget that Jesus himself made it a point to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit before He began his ministry.

Think about how much we try to do on our own. Let's think about how many prayers we throw up about our dependence on God, but in reality, we are "okay" with it if God does not breakthrough on our behalf.

Jesus was serious when he said, "Wait." That's the one of the hardest lessons that I, as a western Christian, need to grasp. We have such an abundance of resources and such a low expenctancy threshold that we are willing to do ministry without God.

Let us pray, let's labor in the secret place. Being still before God is hard (Psalm 46:10). Prayer is hard, folks! Satan will fight you every inch into that place.

1 comment:

  1. "We're so anxious to fulfill the purposes of God in our own strength that we forget that Jesus himself made it a point to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit before He began his ministry."

    hit home... seriously!

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