“But they that WAIT UPON THE LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
What does it mean to WAIT UPON THE LORD? It does not mean to wait passively for God to do something before stepping out. No. To wait upon the Lord implies that you are actively doing something. To wait upon the Lord means to pray!
But it is much more than just prayer. The act of “waiting upon the Lord” occurs while in prayer, but it is much more than prayer. It is possible to pray and not wait upon the Lord while doing it. The act of waiting upon the Lord happens only when we are in His Presence!
It is possible to pray and never get in the Presence of God. Prayer without the Presence of God is hard, dry and lifeless! As a matter of fact, when you pray without the Presence of God it drains your strength instead of renewing it!
The greatest truth that I have ever discovered in my Christian life was how to enter the Presence of the Lord through prayer! You see, the Presence of God makes all the difference!! Psalm 16:11 declares, “Thou wilt show me the path of life: IN THY PRESENCE is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand are pleasures for ever more.” Yes, in the Presence of God is joy unspeakable and full of glory!
The most important thing that you can accomplish in prayer is to get into the Presence of God. The most important truth that you can know about prayer is HOW to enter into the Presence of God through prayer! Only when we wait upon the Lord in His Presence will we experience the promise of renewed strength.
In Isaiah 40:31 we find two powerful blessings connected to waiting upon the Lord. The first result of waiting upon the Lord is found in the phrase, “they shall run and not be weary.” Running in Scripture always refers to obeying and fulfilling the call of God for your life. In 1 Corinthians chapter 9 The Apostle Paul tells us that each of us have our own race to run. The STRENGTH and JOY to do what God has called you do comes only when you wait upon the Lord in His Presence.
The second result of waiting upon the Lord is found in the phrase, “they shall walk and not faint.” Walking in the Scriptures refers to living by faith. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says that, “we WALK by faith, not by sight.” Only when we spend time waiting upon the Lord in His Presence will our faith remain strong and steady.
Other benefits of waiting upon the Lord include:
- Psalm 27:14- Faith
- Psalm 37:9- Prosperity
- Psalm 37:34- Promotion
- Psalm 59:9- God will be your defense
- Psalm 69:6- Perfect Peace
By Joel Grantham