I am sitting with my first cup of coffee looking out into a green forest with lake waters wrapped around me.  This is the beginning of my morning prayer.  It is a lovely spot and yet I have discovered that no matter how beautiful the setting one has to wait for Spirit to show up.  In all prayer and especially in personal prayer, waiting is an essential part of the prayer.  I am remembering the readings for the Feast of Ascension, which is now long past.  The text from Luke 24: 49 refused to leave me this year.  I still hear the echo of the words in various translations and versions…

waiting, a girl by water

Stay here and wait until you are clothed with power from on high…

Remain here in the city until you are robed with power from on high…

Stay here in the city until you are armed with power from above…

You must tarry in the city until you are invested with power from on high…

As I reflect on these words it occurs to me that Jesus’ request for the disciples to remain waiting for the Holy Spirit could also apply to our personal prayer.  This is what I hear now when I sit down for my quiet prayer.  In various ways Jesus’ advice comes to me.  Remain here and wait!  Perhaps that is the invitation of every daily personal prayer.  Forget your pleading words about what God should do for you during this time of prayer.  Just remain here and wait for God to robe you in power from on high.  ‘From on high” need not necessarily mean from the skies.  The earth, too, is holy!  For me, ‘from on high’ means beyond your  little self.  Remain here.  Stay here.  Wait here.  Wait until you can see something beyond your self.

It always happens.  When I am willing to simply BE in the Presence of God without a lot of words, something lifts in my poor spirit and a great Spirit visits me.  Something falls away.  Sometimes it is a bit of anxiety, or maybe a piece of envy.  Sometimes despair moves over and lets a little hope in the door. Or perhaps, to my amazement, a love I thought had dried up starts flowing again.

BE STILL AND WAIT!

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. It never fails……when I need a boost in my prayer life, i come to your blog and always find something to inspire me. Your wisdom always sets me on a new path. Today I sat quietly and I was amazing. Thank you for sharing it.

  2. Thank you for sharing your reflections. Just as I began to think about hanging up my towel and calling it quits, I was lead to your blog. Yes, we must tarry in the city until we are invested with power from on high. Trust, be still, and wait.