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.
The Hebrew word most commonly translated as wait (wait upon the Lord) is qavah, which also means to tie together by twisting, or entwine, or wrap tightly.
Like a plant leaning toward the sun our heart leans toward the presence of God and we entwine our affections to His purposes.
All of this happens in the prayer closet. Hours of unseen intimacy, relinquishing our attachment to the world.
Can this be taught? Yes, indeed it can. Let me introduce you to your teacher.
His name is “time”.
Only time allows the sediment of the world to sink to the bottom of the jar so vision becomes clear. All the fears and folly flush away the longer we wait. The tighter you wrap yourself around your Father’s words, the looser the grip the world will have on you.
This is where the mysteries of Isaiah come alive:
“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 is no searching of His understanding. He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted; But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall 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 40:28–31 AMPLIFIED)
“WAIT and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing].” (Isaiah 55:1 AMPLIFIED)
“For from of old no one has heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who works and shows Himself active on behalf of him who [earnestly] waits for Him.” (Isaiah 64:4 AMPLIFIED)
Actively reach your inner person toward heaven. Become aware that the real you is not incarcerated in the body you are clothed with. The spirit reaches beyond the bounds of this realm and touches eternal things.
The most striking emotion I can liken this to is the same one that Isaiah spoke of when he said, “WAIT and listen, everyone who is thirsty!”
It begins as a spiritual thirst that cannot be satisfied by earthly activity. This thirst drives the desperate to their closet, and develops a dedication that refuses to be refused.
It is often a wordless prayer far more powerful than any expression of the lips that rises within us and reaches heaven. An inward yearning that craves nothing less than the presence of the One who made us.
“…but the Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26 KJV)
The sweet pain of separation draws us to leave our comforts and worldly pursuits and step outside ourselves to drink deep of something no words can explain, and no money can buy.
This, friend, is just one of the endless pleasures of prayer.