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Praying and Waiting “But those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 Here we find one condition upon which four blessings hang.  As believers, we can come into a realization of God’s blessings by waiting on the Lord.  A word of encouragement is: These promised blessings are backed by the SHALL of God. Prayer is to have a great and unique place in the Christian’s life.  We must realize its importance and power, even in this age of busy agendas.  We must not allow our soul to be too noisy, retarding our prayer life and spiritual development. May the Holy Spirit help us to be people of prayer, as God’s glory and knowledge is covering the earth.  Then, having done our praying, we must in faith wait upon the Lord.  Prayer is to precede waiting.  They are inseparable. What does it mean to wait upon the Lord?  It means waiting before God in silent faith; to have expectation and hope before God.  It implies dependence, not self-sufficiency.  It is a time to be alert, expectant, and close to God.  Another meaning of the word is to serve or minister unto the Lord.  In other words, to wait upon the Lord is to have a heart silent and expectant to hear what He might say so we can do His will.  As we pray and wait, may God’s hands clothe us with power and renew our strength.  Then we may walk and run the errands of God, as our lives are blessed and lived in the power of the Spirit.  Speak Lord, your servant listens...   Pastor Jay T. Francis