Wait for the Promise

Daily God Walk Thursday, September 22, 2011

 Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. – Acts 1:4-5 

 The art of waiting upon the Lord is being lost among many believers today. Our life is filled with much activity and far to much to be accomplished than we will ever get done; the work is endless and there is little time to be used for prayer and waiting upon God, yet there is blessing for those who wait upon the Lord.

Jesus gave the command to those who would follow him, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised.” This was not a casual request. It was his last request as he was about to ascend to heaven. We would do well today take the time to wait upon the promise of the Father.

I recognize that he was sending his disciples to Jerusalem with the anticipation that Holy Spirit would descend, they would be given great power and the church would be birthed. However, knowing that, we should be all the more impressed with the value of waiting for God to express his presence and his will in our lives.

I can look back to times when my life was most impacted by a touch from God and those times are marked by time of consecration to prayer and spending much time before the Lord praying and reading his word.

Jesus called his followers to forsake everything else and spend all the time necessary to connect with the promise of the Father. He is still calling for believers to separate themselves from the world and devote themselves to seeking the Father until Holy Spirit comes with great power and revelation of the Father’s will.

God is not just making a call to all believers – he is making an appeal to you. He is calling you to spend times of focused prayer, meditation and reading God’s word as you seek his will for your place in the kingdom.

Jesus sent them to Jerusalem to receive the promise of the Father. Find your place to pray; seek him and he will come.

 Prayer: Holy Spirit, come as I seek the Father. Fill me now. Amen.

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