Learning to lean your heart into God is a sensitive skill worth developing. It is one of the intimate strings on the prayer bow, and requires quietening the soul in God’s presence…. Like a plant leaning toward the sun our heart leans toward the presence of God and we entwine our affections to His purposes.
I want to talk today about learning to lean your heart into God now, learning to lean your heart into God is a sensitive skill that I think is well worth developing. So it’s like one of the intimate strings on the prayer bow and requires that we quieten our soul in God’s presence. Now, the Hebrew word most commonly translated as weight, as in waiting upon the Lord is Kivar, which it also means to tie together by twistin or twine or wrap tightly around like a plant leans toward the sun.
Our heart leans toward the presence of God. We intertwine our affections to his purposes like a plant that reaches over and wraps its branches around. You know, we really want to be close to God and we’ve been given this kind of a doorway to do so called waiting on his presence. And all of this happens in the prayer closet in the hours of unseen intimacy, relinquishing our attachment to the world, letting go of those things that have previously had a bid on our soul and taking a hold of him and finding our delight in his love, in his goodness, in his faithfulness.
And can it be taught? Absolutely. It can be. And like I would love to introduce you to your teacher today. And his name is Time. It’s as simple as that. Time is the great teacher when it comes to the skill of waiting on the presence and leaning into his grace. You know, only time really allows the sediment of the world to sink to the bottom of the jar so our vision can become clear. You know, it’s so often we’re running around and it’s like like a jar of clear water with a bunch of stuff in it.
And it’s because we’re shaking it around all the time. The you can’t see through it. It’s unclear. But when we stop when we close the door on all of that noise and all of that activity, it actually takes time for the sediment to slowly sink to the bottom so the water becomes clear again. You know, all of the fears and the fully flush away. Yeah, the longer we wait and the tighter we wrap ourselves around our father’s words, the looser the grip the world will have on us.
You know, I love I’m going to read from the book of Isaiah here. And just these are just such beautiful verses that speak to this. This waiting on God and leaning into God activity that we’ve been given the privilege to explore and to discover. Isaiah 40:28-31 in the amplified Bible says, Have you not known? Have you not heard the everlasting God, the Lord, the creator of the ends of the Earth, does not faint or grow weary.
There’s no searching of his understanding. He gives power to the faint and the weary and to him who has no might. He increases strength, causing it to multiply and making it a bound even use for a faint. And a weary and young men fall feebly and stumble and fall exhausted. But those who wait for the Lord who expect, look for and hope in him will change and renew their strength and power. They shall lift their wings and mount up close to God.
As eagles mount up to the sun, they shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint or become tired. Isaiah 55:1. Wait and listen. Wait and listen. Everyone who is thirsty come to the waters and he who has no money come by and eat come by priceless spiritual wine and milk without money and without price, simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing. Oh Lord yea Yaraka. Oh yeah. Thank you Jesus.
I’ll have some of that as 64 verse four and from of old. No one has heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the I seen a God besides you who works and shows himself active on behalf of him, who earnestly waits for him. Sometimes when we stop we give him permission to act on our behalf. And so I really I just encourage you to actively reach your. In a man, your inner person toward heaven become aware that the real you is not incarcerated in the body that you’re clothed with, the spirit reaches beyond the bounds of this realm and touches eternal things.
You know, the most striking emotion I think we can liken it to is the same one that Isaiah spoke of when he said, wait and listen. Everyone who is thirsty, you know, begins with a spiritual thirst that really can’t be satisfied by any earthly activity. There are thirst. This thirst drives the death spread to their closet and develops a dedication that refuses to be refused. You know, it’s often wordless prayers that are far more powerful than any expression that would could pass our lips and these these inner yearnings, these Groening’s rise up within us and reach into the heavens.
Man, an inward yearning craves nothing less than the presence of the one who made us. Romans 8:20-26, says the spirit himself makes intercession for us with Groening’s that can’t be uttered. It’s like this sweet pain of separation that draws us to leave our comforts and worldly pursuits and then step outside ourselves to drink deep of something that no words can explain and no money can buy in. And this is just one of the endless pleasures of prayer that we’ve been invited to enjoy.
There are so many facets to this beautiful diamond that we call prayer that it will never, ever be exhausted and waiting on his presence, leaning in to his person is just one of those precious, precious things that the father has granted to you if you want to take a hold of it. Well, thanks for listening. Hopefully it’s been an encouragement to you today. If you want to connect any further, you can do so through my website at Davidleemartin.com.
Have a great day.