“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths” (Pr. 3:5-6).
Everything, absolutely all the will of God is locked up in this verse. Everyone wants the last part of that verse – “He shall direct your paths” but they don’t know how to fulfill their part.
The Bible reveals the general will and plan of God, but the specifics of our lives must be personally received from the Lord by taking the time to wait on Him.
“Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary , they shall walk and not faint” (Isa. 40:31).
What does it mean to wait on the Lord? Somebody once said that it means to just remain stationary doing nothing until God visits you like He did the 120 disciples in the upper room. I cannot really agree with that. First of all, the 120 were not just sitting quietly doing nothing. They were in prayer and supplication (Acts 1:14).
How did they pray? After witnessing the resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ and receiving His instructions to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit, Luke’s account gives us insight into how they prayed.
“And they worshipped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God” (Lk. 24:52-53).
Most of their prayer time was taken up in praising and blessing the Lord. That is a big part of what we do when we wait on the Lord. We minister to Him. That is when His plans begin to come into your heart and you will usually receive direction.
“As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said…”(Acts 13:2).
To minister to the Lord means to focus your powers of concentration on just loving and praising and worshipping Jesus. Saul (Paul) and these other ministers also added fasting to their time of ministering to the Lord for the purpose of seeking God in a more concentrated way.
The challenge with most believers is that they don’t wait very long because they don’t feel God’s presence. They give up when they don’t get a quick breakthrough. Here is a word of encouragement for you: Don’t listen to teachings that tell you that just because you don’t feel His presence that He’s not there, or He’s not pleased, or that you’re doing something wrong. The dry process you may feel is nothing more than change you’re going through.
What makes you think that just because you don’t feel Him that He’s not receiving your worship? This has nothing to do with whether you’ve broken through or not. In fact, some of the times you feel His presence less are the times you’ve actually broken through more, because you’re dealing with things that kept you from it before. You are changing realms of operation.
For example, as you begin to wait on the Lord, you may sense very little of His Presence at first, but as you continue on in faith and in the light and knowledge you possess, you will start to pass from the natural realm into the spiritual realm. You will be lifted up into the realm of the Spirit where you are more conscious of the Lord than you are of yourself.
As you go on in your times of waiting on the Lord your spiritual senses will be sharpened, and you will begin to understand the love and desire the Lord has toward you and toward all humanity. But it is essential that you first go through a “processing” time where the desires of the flesh and distractions of the soul decrease so that your spiritual desires will increase. When this starts to happen you will experience the release of spiritual life from the Lord. He will become your delight, and ministering to Him will actually become addictive.
Let me say this another way. As you wait on the Lord to receive this impartation of spiritual life and strength that is so necessary to your overall spiritual development and well-being, there must also be a parallel crucifixion of your natural, soulish life. This is accomplished through a direct firm committal to the cross and anything you have knowledge of that is contrary to God’s will in your life. Included in this would be anything that would hinder your times of waiting on the Lord.
Let me admonish you, though, that it will be more difficult to wait on the Lord when you have not been initially baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. That is the gateway into the realm of the Spirit and the door to being able to commune with the Lord in supernatural utterances.
Personally when I wait on the Lord most of my time is spent speaking mysteries in tongues and then ministering to the Lord in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs as I sense the unction of the Spirit. As you fine tune your spirit by praying in tongues at length there will come a bubbling up from inside of you that needs to be released through speaking or singing forth supernatural inspired utterances.
Paul said that he prayed and sang with his spirit and with his understanding also (1 Cor. 14:15). This means that Paul actually interpreted what he spoke or sang. These utterances and songs are not from a song book or rehearsed, but they flow from your own heart to the Lord by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18-19) (Col. 3:16).
As you pray with your spirit in tongues at length you will eventually get to a place where you hear a word or phrase in English or whatever your native language is. As you speak that word or phrase out in faith more words will come by the spirit of prophecy. The words will usually be a scripture or a particular theme or thread from the word of God.
As you develop your spirit in these things you will come to a place where you will get in the Spirit quicker, and you will begin to see and know things supernaturally. Oh, you will be quickened and renewed with the life and strength of the Lord, your peace will be great, and your joy shall be full.
Until next time, be blessed and enriched with the life of the Lord, beloved.
(If you have not yet received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, below is a video of my good friend Joel Crumpton giving excellent instructions on how to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit).
(We also plan on conducting a school of the Spirit via video real soon to help believers enter more fully into this wonderful life in the Spirit).