“Since ancient times, no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4).

God acts on behalf of those who wait on Him. God has preparations for us. Our responsibility is to wait on God. What will then be revealed is beyond what the human heart can conceive. Whether it is what He has prepared or what He will do for us—both are more than we who are finite being should expect from an Almighty God. But He wants us to expect it. He wants us to believe and trust Him for what to us is impossible.

The previous verses to our text refer to the low state of God’s people. The prayer has been poured out: “Look down from heaven and see” (Isaiah 63:15). “Why have You…hardened our heart from Your fear? Return for your servant’s sake.” And still more urgent, “Oh that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at your presence—fire burns brushwood, as fire causes water to boil—to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at your presence!” The need of God’s people and the call for God’s mediation is as urgent in our day as it was then. Nothing but a special outpouring of almighty power will accomplish what is needed. We must desire and believe; we must ask and expect God will do what is inconceivable to our finite minds. The miracle-working God who surpasses all our expectations must be the God of our confidence. May we enlarge our hearts to wait on God who is able to do much more than we could ask or think.

Adapted from Power in Prayer by A. Murray