Have you ever been waiting for a break through and you just don’t see God moving? Have you done all that you can and are waiting for something to shift? I think we can all relate to going through a season of waiting. Maybe we are waiting for a job, a health report, or waiting to be in a relationship. So what do we do when we are waiting on God to move?
The answer to this question is found in Acts chapter 1:7-14. Let’s read.
7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” 12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk[c] from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
Okay, let’s recap. Jesus has already been crucified and has resurrected. He instructs the disciples that they are going to receive the Holy Spirit, then he ascends to heaven. After, the disciples return to Jerusalem, but they have yet to receive the Holy Spirit. They are waiting on a promise from the Lord.
So how do they respond? The Bible says they all joined together constantly in prayer. They were not passive bystanders. They were not taking the situation into their own hands. They were waiting for God to fulfill his word. They were seeking the Lord through prayer in a community of believers. You see, prayer causes things to shift and move. Prayer brings the will of God from heaven to earth. Prayer allows believers to feel close to God, instead of feeling isolated in our waiting. Prayer moves the mountains.
Waiting on God is like baking cookies. Baking cookies is a process. You have to preheat the oven, make the dough, and wait for the cookies to bake. Every time we open the oven, we let the heat out and we slow down the process. We do this in life when we try to take control of the situation, instead of trusting God in the process. We try to take short cuts and figure out things for ourselves, instead of pressing in through prayer.
So what mountain are you waiting to move? What dream are you waiting to come true? Embrace the process. Move the mountains through prayer.
Josh & Victoria