Psa. 62:1 ¶ For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.
At the end of the day, prayer can be reduced to waiting on God. After we get past all of our requests and troubles we find ourselves in the place of total dependency. Total dependency, I like the sound of that. It takes matters out of my hands and places them where they belong, in the hands of God. If you think about it, why does the Lord need my prayers? He knows everything that is going on, even my secret thoughts. Prayer is for my benefit. Prayer recognizes total dependency and opens me up to the greatest of all answered prayers; intimacy with God Himself. Here are some thoughts from Andrew Murray on waiting upon God.
“Waiting becomes then the only way to the experience of a full salvation, the only way, truly, to know God as the God of our salvation. All the difficulties that are brought forward as keeping us back from full salvation, have their cause in this one thing: the defective knowledge and practice of waiting upon God. All that the Church and its members need for the manifestation of the mighty power of God in the world, is the return to our true place, the place that belongs to us, both in creation and redemption, the place of absolute and unceasing dependence upon God. Let us strive to see what the elements are that make up this most blessed and needful waiting upon God: it may help us to discover the reasons why this grace is so little cultivated, and to feel how infinitely desirable it is that the Church, that we ourselves, should at any price learn its blessed secret.”
Murray used a term, full salvation. He connected that to knowing God intimately. Could it be that at the bottom of God’s instructions for us to pray is His desire to fellowship with us and our need to know Him? I think that is exactly why we are instructed to wait upon God. God is amazing! We seek Him in prayer for our greatest dilemmas and He not only answers our prayers but He Himself shows up in our lives. I like this full salvation thing, it is what we were born for. After everything is said and done, the very trouble that brought you to your knees becomes God’s path to bring you into this full salvation.