“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27: 13-14).

As long as waiting on God is thought of only as a step toward obtaining answers to our requests, we will not know the blessing of spending time with God for the sake of fellowship with Him. When we realize that waiting on God is a blessing in itself, our adoration of Him will humble us, making the way open for God to speak to us and reveal himself to us. Everyone who wants to learn the art of waiting on God must be quiet and listen. Take time to be away from friends, from duties, and from cares; take time to be still before God. Give the Word and prayer high priority; but even these good things may get in the way of simply waiting. The activity of the mind needs to study the Word and to put thoughts into prayer, and the activity of the heart with its desires and hopes and fears, may distract us from waiting on the One who knows our mind and heart.

Our whole being needs to be prostrate in silence before Him. Though at first it may be difficult to set aside these activities for a time, every effort to do so will be rewarded. We will find that this kind of waiting gives peace and renewed energy we may not have known. One reason to wait quietly before God is to acknowledge our inability to receive blessings from God on our own. The blessings will not come by our “willing” or “running,” or even by our thinking and praying, but by waiting in His presence. By this waiting, we confess our trust that God will, in His time and in His way, come to our aid.

Adapted from Power in Prayer by A. Murray