Fast Forward: 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting: DAY THIRTEEN
“...but you will be baptized withthe Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Acts 1:4-5 ESV
I don’t like to wait. When I was younger I hated waiting for Christmas morning. I had a cousin who would sneak downstairs during the night, rip open several of his presents, take a peek, and tape them back up to try and hide the evidence. He hated waiting until morning! I hate waiting for my favorite author’s new book to come out. I think there is good reason “patience” is a fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-23).
Here’s the thing: So many find it incredibly hard to wait when it comes to waiting on God. I have come to learn over the last several months the immense beauty and joy there is in learning to truly wait on God. God’s timing is perfect. And when we take time to fast and pray and seek the heart of our heavenly Father we learn to trust Him regardless of our circumstance or situation. Sometimes holding onto the promises of God is learning to wait of God. Sometimes we must learn to wait before the promise is delivered. Has God promised you something? Waiting is usually an essential part of the delivery process!
By the time Acts Chapter One rolls around, Jesus has been crucified and rose from the dead. In Acts 1:4-5 He tells them to “wait for the promise of the Father” before leaving this earth. They had to wait on God before going out into all the world to make disciples who make disciples. Maybe before you make that major life decision, God wants you to wait on His timing. I think many Christians today don’t like to wait. We live in a “instant gratification” society where waiting irritates us. We hate to wait for the rainbow wheel on the computer to finish loading. We hate to wait in line at Burger King. We hate waiting in traffic.
God taught me to wait by getting a nail in my tire. I was stuck on the turnpike for nearly four hours. I learned to wait on God. I heard Him clearer than ever. When we learn to wait, we learn to hear His voice clearer!
Read Matthew 3:13-17; 14:1-11. What is God saying to you? Notice Jesus had to wait after His baptism before beginning His earthly ministry?