This week an audio meditation exercise has been posted here. It is 10 minutes long and I hope a wonderful help to renew your mind.
Meditations are plentiful in the WORD of God. It is full of sensory experiences and images that, among other things, are meant to help people:
For the meditative prayer exercise I am going to stick with the theme of waiting on God. I mentioned waiting a couple weeks ago in this post.
I keep coming back to the theme of waiting in my prayer time. It’s a lesson I’m not done with and I know I am not alone in learning how to wait!
Part of waiting includes not complaining that God doesn’t see or care. It is a discipline to learn and a HOLY Person to know. When we pray, God wants us to know his heart for us, to have an assurance that the One we are approaching is not only powerful, but intimately protective of His own.
This week God put on my heart, “Do not complain.” It was a reminder as I head into increasing heat of circumstance that He is with me in the fire. He wants my head on straight as I go forward, clear that He is right there with me. Complaining would indicate I do not think He is with me and feel alone, forgotten by Him.
Often our complaining is to ourselves, within ourselves. Internal dialogue would include anything along the line of, “Why can’t God see the stress I’m under? If He does see, he must not care. “
How do we “not complain?” God gives instruction in Isaiah 40. In this one example, He gives a lot of wonderful sensory experiences and images, one of which the audio meditation is based upon. In Isaiah 40, God promises forgiveness of sins, reminds of his Sovereign rule over all, tells of Good News, describes a Savior who will lead his people tenderly, carrying them close to his heart. He clearly says that He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak, Isaiah 40:29, 31.
He gives strength and power. We MUST come to him to get it.
In Isaiah 40, God tells his people not to complain. This is how I ended up in Isaiah 40 for prayer. When God puts something on my heart, I will search out his word and find similar occurrences of that theme or word. God never speaks contrary to His word so finding scripture that adds context, depth, and further wisdom is critical to discerning and receiving.
Isaiah 40:27 says, “Why do you complain, Jacob?”
Jacob represents his people. His people are complaining. He challenges his people in first person language in v25. It is not just a “God told me to tell you” message from Isaiah, it is God’s voice and words. “Why do you complain? Why do you say...? To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal? Lift up your eyes and look… who created all these?”
And here we have the challenge in prayer to not complain by WAITING in HOPE on the LORD who loves us.
Isaiah 40:31- “…but those who WAIT on the LORD WILL RENEW their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
It’s a familiar verse maybe you’ve already memorized. But maybe something less familiar to you is one of the pictures behind the word “wait”. Here is the picture:
For more information on why a rope is tied to the meaning of waiting, listen to the meditation.
Meditations from Into the Waters will help imprint God's truths in concrete ways. In the local sessions and in the shorter audio versions, you are led to respond to questions the meditation presents. With the Holy Spirit's help you linger in truth and open yourself up to be ministered to. By doing so, the strength and power He promises enters your soul. Waiting in hope is accessible by waiting in His presence!
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Hi my name is Gina; and I'm the founder of the ministry. My 25 year journey with God has been centered on immersing myself in the safe relationship God offers, learning about the power of surrender, and praying for His life in greater measure!