“And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You. “Deliver me from all my transgressions; Make me not the reproach of the foolish” (Psalm 39: 7-8).

There are times when we do not know what we are waiting for, but we know we need to be in His presence. Other times we think we know, and it would be better to simply wait on Him without an agenda.

God is able to do for us immeasurably more than all we ask or think, and we are in danger of limiting Him when we confine our desires and prayers to our own thoughts. It is a good thing to say at times with the psalmist, “Lord, what do I wait for?” I can only say, “My hope is in you.” We clearly see a limiting of God in the case of Israel. When Moses promised them meat in the wilderness, they doubted, saying, “can God prepare a table in the wilderness? He struck the rock, so that the waters gushed out…Can He give bread also? Can He provide meat for His people?” (Psalm 78: 19-20). If they had been asked whether God could provide streams in the desert, they would have answered yes. God had done it; He could do it again. But when there was an idea that God might do something new, they limited Him. Their expectation could not rise beyond past experience. We may also limit God by our concept of what He has promised or what we think He is able to do. Believe that the promises of God we claim have a merit beyond our imagination. In waiting on God, you may grow weary because you don’t know what to expect. Ignorance is often a good assign. He is teaching you to leave everything in His hands.

Adapted from “Power in Prayer”