Praying is Waiting
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked advance against me
to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
4 One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.
8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
9 Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, Lord;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
spouting malicious accusations.
13 I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
Let's be honest.
The thought of waiting on anything really bothers us. We want what we want, and we want it now. We are culture and society of instant gratification.
Prayer challenges this notion.
Prayer is usually not the type of thing that we see immediate results. It can be, there is the miraculous, but it is not normative. Prayer is a discipline of coming before the Father, knowing He is good, knowing He is in control, believing in His promises, and humbly coming before Him. Prayer is a daily necessity though it is not culturally en vogue.
As we pray together, and as the Lord gives us dreams and visions, as we call upon His name, remember that prayer is waiting on the Lord to speak, and to fulfill that which he has given to us as dreams and promises.
Our job? To be faithful to what He has given us, to trust in the Lord, to know that we can believe that we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, and to wait upon the Lord.He moves, He acts, He speaks, we respond with faithfulness.
So as we pray together, let us remember that we wait together.