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.
E-mails need to be sent.
Will this really make a difference?
Here is 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.
“Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. Show me 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” (Psalms 25:3-5 NKJV).
“One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock” (Psalms 27:4-5 NKJV).
“Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon 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 from me; do not turn 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 of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!” (Psalms 27:7-9, 14 NKJV).