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Hi my name is Mike and my general nickname is: "Mikkimonkki"

This is my first post here on Pay! Network.

I came back to The Lord 12 month`s or so ago after running away from Him, or so I thought, for 25-30 years!

I was working fo Him as an Evangelist and previously as a Pastor.

He put tenderly put His arms around me and brought me home to His fold once again... Hallelujah!

I am now disabled with Spinal Stenosis and now retired as I am nearly 65yrs of age.

I am trying to develop my prayer life, and I would like to as if you could please give me some advice/tips on how to "Wait on the Lord in Prayer"... Thank you so much for letting me to become a member here on "Pray! Network"

Yours in Chris Our Lord

Mikkimonkki

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Comment by Karrol Sneed on February 6, 2014 at 4:03pm

Welcome home and I thank God for your renewed willingness to seek His face in prayer.  My suggestion comes from the Psalms "Be still and know I am God"

Comment by Cari McCormick on February 6, 2014 at 3:54pm

Congratulations! It is a new day for you!  For me, there are several things that the Lord has shown me in my own walk.  First, I must, without doubt, have faith in my position in Jesus.  The word says that He is in me and I am in Him and He is in the Father, therefore, I am in the Father, not as me, but as Jesus.  I no longer exist.  This is important because my flesh wants to survive and thrive, but I no longer live.  therefore, my hopes, wants, dreams and desires must be sacrificed to God.  For me, this is a daily thing, like a person who is getting over addiction.  I am addicted to myself, my ego.  Therefore, like any person addicted, I give my flesh to the Lord.  I simply pray Lord Jesus, I love you and I do not want my flesh to hinder your fruit.  I give you my desires and claim my victory over myself in You. 

This daily conversation with the Lord has really helped me to wait on the Lord.  Because if we are impatient, then its our flesh, if we lay our impatience down at the foot of the cross, He will fill us with His perfect peace and we do not need to force patience out of ourselves.  If we do that then it is not His fruit, but ours.  His fruit is so much better! 

Comment by David Young on February 6, 2014 at 12:35pm

Mike:

Prayer is a relationship with God. If it is a dance, He is the one who must lead. He will show you each step as you follow Him in obedience.

I am convinced that growth in any facet of prayer is produced by God. I believe you are asking for tips on how to keep on praying in patience and peace whether you see answers or not. Both the patience to keep on praying when you do not understand what God is doing and peace in the midst of trials are fruit of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22,23) God is in the process of producing these in His children, in you. I believe your desire to wait on the Lord in prayer is produced in you by the working of the Holy Spirit. And God will use the physical difficulties and other things you face to develop persistence in your prayer life. James 1:2-4 Calls us to rejoice in trials because God is developing patience in us. Those verses conclude with, "Let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect and entire lacking nothing." Don't chafe at the difficulty. Keep turning back to God asking for strength, for comfort, guidance, peace and patience. You are praying in His will when you ask God to grow your prayer life.

Comment by Virginia Barron on February 5, 2014 at 2:04pm
Mike, praise the Lord for bringing you back to Himself! Now, as to waiting on Him ..... Here is what I do - perhaps it will be helpful to you.
Before beginning, ask the Holy Spirit to help you.
1. Have a special place to pray - a room, a walk in the woods, even just a special chair.
2. Turn on some worship music and worship with abandon for a little while.
3. Read some Scripture and pay attention for the Holy Spirit to speak to you.
4. If you have not yet received any direction as to how and what to pray, pray in the Holy Spirit
until you become aware of what direction to take. If you still do not hear anything, just kick
back and let the worship music wash over you and rest in His Presence simply enjoying
being near him. Tell Him all you love and admire about Him - do this slowly and with gratitude.
You will be amazed at what happens.

Also, read the other suggestions below - they are great!

May God continue to draw you ever nearer to His precious Self,

Ginger
Comment by mitch on February 5, 2014 at 1:50pm

Hi Mike, as I consider your request, I can't help but to be reminded that prayer is a conversation with God. That means it goes two ways. If we do all the talking, we don't leave much room to hear from Him, which is where the waiting comes in. I'm so glad you ask this, because it tells me you are on the right track in your desire to develop your "prayer life". When prayer becomes a one-way conversation it seems the focus tends to be on me and my needs, rather having a focus on God and His desires.

I would also have to strongly agree with Heather on praying with an "open Bible" because it is thru His word that He primarily speaks to us. I would recommend letting God's word be your foundation for prayer. Begin with scripture, pray the scriptures and let them speak to you and allow the Holy Spirit to be your guide and your focus to be on Christ.

I sometimes get up early on the weekends and just sit in the dark with a cup of coffee and wait. Recently while doing this I felt restless for a while, but continued to just sit and wait and then God brought these lyrics to mind: "O Lord You're beautiful, Your face is all I seek, and when Your eyes are on this child, Your grace abounds to me" - So just start experimenting spending time with God and an open Bible, and ask Him to guide you in the power of His Spirit, while you focus on Christ and what He's done for us.

I just did a quick search of "Wait for the Lord" and here are the results:

Psa_27:14  Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!
Psa_31:24  Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!
Psa_37:9  For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.
Psa_37:34  Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.
Psa_130:5  I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
Pro_20:22  Do not say, "I will repay evil"; wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
Isa_8:17  I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him.
Isa_40:31  but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Maybe start with these passages and just ask God to guide you and teach you in this area of "Waiting on Him in prayer"

Blessings, Mitch

Comment by Phil Miglioratti on February 5, 2014 at 12:28pm

We thank you Mike,

For being part of the Pray! community and for the opportunity to respond to your questions.

When you have time, please look over the groups and discussions on this site - you will find many good insights!

Phil

Pray! Coordinator

Comment by Dr. Dennis Hansen on February 5, 2014 at 12:21pm

Hello Mikkimonkki,

Journaling has been a help for me.  I have used a plan to read a Psalm, a Gospel story, and another Chapter from another Bible Book so the LORD may speak to me.  Then I write down what the LORD impressed upon me in each section.  I prayed before I started for Him to speak to me, guide me, and to answer my prayers.  Then I would study what I received from His word.  When having trouble keeping focused I would write out my prayers.

It is vital to have a group to pray with and be accountable with.  Whatever else they have helped keep my focus so I don't wander or loose focus on Praise-Thanksgiving-Humility…Keep the focus vertical.  Look forward to your time with the LORD!  Jesus called His Disciples His Friends.  My heart comes before Him with the utmost respect as my LORD but I approach Him as a friend waiting to get top know me better.  I cannot wait to spend time with Him.  Surround yourself with others who approach prayer in this way.  Then enjoy praise, worship, and His revelation of Himself to you.  This growing deep intimate love relationship is between you and the God of all the Universe who loves you more than you can ever hope to understand.  Allow His grace to whelm you!

Comment by Heather Schmidt on February 5, 2014 at 12:00pm

One of the best pieces of advice I was given was to 'pray with an open bible and open eyes.'   That means to claim all the promises in God's Word.   Repeatedly, I have to ask God to fill me 100% with faith, trust and hope.   I am also learning to ask God to give me a prayer heart.   In and of myself, I do not have the strength or desire to pray like he wants me to...A favourite scripture is Eph. 3:20 in the Message, "God CAN do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!"  Thank you for your testimony - I am praying for some prodigals who are in tough spots...Our God IS able!

Comment by ANITA MCDANIEL on February 5, 2014 at 11:58am

Mike, I am in a prayer group, and there are somethings that we have learned about prayer. 1. Humility, the Lord draws nigh to the humble. 2. Pray in tongues first to get in the flow of the Spirit, He will enlighten your mind and the heart of the Father will begin to flow through you in english. 3. Stay under the authority that the Lord has assigned to the church. Read the words of Christ to the disciples for the assignment. 4. Pray (speak) only to the Father, in Jesus' Name. Do not address people, angels or principalities. 5. Call on the blood covenant. It is the blood of Christ that has defeated all our enemies. It is the blood that protect you from attack. 6. Pray the Word. 7. Do not be double-minded. Let the will of the Lord be done, not what you think should be done. Most of all keep your heart clean before the Lord, forgive all offenses and seek Him continually. Ask Him many questions as you go through your day. He will answer. Such as..."what about this Father, do you want me to be involved in this situation? or...what responsibility do I have in this situation?"

Comment by Lewis Turner on February 5, 2014 at 11:41am

Mikkimonkki,

Welcome to Pray!Network.

We have a number of resources that can help here on Pray!Network.

Take a look at the various groups.  You should be able to fine one that has had reasonable activity and can be an encouragement to you.  The group 'Praying Together Course' is exactly what it says.  The first half of the course deals with personal relationship and prayer, and then transitions into encouraging us  to pray with others.--

That course is not the only resource available to you that can provide  encouragement--you will also find blogs and discussions that are very encouraging.

Do take time to share comments here on Pray!Network-- some people are scared to--but what you share can often help others--and that is what we are about.

We Look forward to hearing from you periodically here on Pray!Network.

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