We don't have to convince God to send revival.
He is already convinced of the desperate need and greatly desires to send a spiritual awakening. We cannot earn His visitation through hours of prayer or self-sacrifice.
The whole point of waiting on God is not to move the hand of God but proper alignment of our heart with the heart of God.
The reason it is often overlooked or resisted is the intense battle it brings with self.
I battle with thoughts plaguing my mind and with the inner drive to go do something in gaining the ground to "wait" on God.
What will my secretary and deacons think if they see me neglecting work that needs to be done in order to spend more time in prayer?
There are people who need to be called.
Tasks are just sitting.
Emails need to be sent.
Will this really make a difference?
One Thing Every Church Leader Must Know
I have searched the Scriptures time and again only to discover and to reaffirm waiting on the Lord is an important component of leadership discipline.
When King David received word the Philistine army was planning an attack on Israel, the first thing he did was go to the Cave of Adullam and wait on the Lord until he received specific instructions for dealing with the enemy.
In fact, careful reading will reveal that is exactly how King David handled every battle with the enemy.
He would wait on God for the instructions from on high. Then He would lead the army of Israel into battle. King David developed the personal discipline of "waiting" on the Lord and then wrote these instructions to leaders.
"Yes, let none who wait on You be ashamed; let them be ashamed who transgress without cause. Make me to know Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day" (Ps. 25:3-5).
"One thing I have asked from the Lord, that will I seek after/ for me to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to see the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He will hide me in His pavilion; in the shelter of His tabernacle He will hide me; He will set me up on a rock" (Ps. 27:4-5).
"Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Be gracious to me and answer me. when You said, 'Seek My face,' my heart said to You, "Your face, Lord, I will seek.' Do not hide Your face far from me; do not thrust Your servant away in anger; You have been my help. Do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation ... Wait on the Lord; be strong, and may your heart be stout; wait on the Lord" (Ps. 27:7-9, 14).
Dr. F. Dean Hackett has served in full-time Christian ministry since October 1971. He has ministered throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, serving as pastor, conference speaker and mentor. He has planted four churches, assisted in planting 15 others, and currently serves as lead pastor of Living Faith Church in Hermiston, Oregon. Dr. Hackett founded Spirit Life Ministries International in 2001 to facilitate ministries in Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina and to open a training center for workers in those nations. You can find him at F. Dean Hackett - Foundational, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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