Asking God to give me an anchor verse for the New Year was a new idea to me, but I liked it very much. Tammy at “Not Mine, But God’s Story” shared this idea a couple of weeks ago, and the verse that the Holy Spirit gave her touched my heart as well.
I prayed about what God wanted me to have and I couldn’t get away from the same verse. I kept praying about it and He gave me three more verses of the same theme. It is sort of like having the thought pounded into my spirit.
“My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.” (Psalm 62:5)
“The Lord will fight for you. You need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14)
“Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently on Him to act.” (Psalm 37:7)
“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14)
Waiting can be very hard. We live in a society that offers instant gratification for almost everything we want or do. Many of us have been praying the same prayer for months or maybe even years. We grow tired and impatient and sometimes depressed. Our focus is on the problems and not the problem-solver. Our distressed crying drowns out the voice of the Holy Spirit.
I believe the Holy Spirit is telling me, and perhaps you, that it is time to be quiet before Him, and to sit in His presence, wait and listen for His voice. That does not mean that we can stop praying. It simply means, trust God to have the answer and listen for the Holy Spirit's guidance.
Have you ever been with a friend or relative who talks the entire time you are together? When she leaves, you realize that you may have only spoken two or three sentences. How does that make you feel? She left before you could share your thoughts. Sadly, that is the way most of our prayers are spoken to God. Do you take the time to hear what He wants to share with you?
Lord, I am hungry for Your presence. Thank you for loving me and compelling me to seek more of You. I know that Your word says…
“You will make me full of joy in Your presence.” (Acts 2:28)
Friends, please watch this video and hear the beautiful prayer sung by Hillsong.
(Turn off my Playlist music first.)
It is my prayer as well, and may it be yours.
Blessings to you and your family.