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Chris Guzzardo
Waiting on the Lord
Chris Guzzardo
February 15th, 2008

Recently at the House of Prayer, the Lord has been showing me the importance of “waiting on Him.” This seems like such a waste of time to the world and to our souls. Why would I just sit with Jesus when there are tons of other things I could do for Him or study about Him?

This reality baffled Martha, but Jesus tried to help her and make it clear that what Mary was doing was more profitable when He said “only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." Even as I read Luke 10:38-42 at this moment, I am encouraged to continue cultivating the discipline of simply sitting with Jesus and listening to Him. In our lives we can get worried and bothered by many things, but only one thing is needed. It is this place of intimacy with Je-sus that true life is imparted. His words are full of grace and truth, and they are spirit and life to us (John 1:14, 6:63, Psalm 45:2). We must learn the simplicity of sitting with our Beloved just to be with Him. Our spirit longs to rest, and many times in the word we are exhorted to rest in the Lord or wait on the Lord, for He is our strength (Psalm 46:10, Is. 8:7, 40:31).

Learning to wait is so hard, and yet, so rewarding. I am becoming more and more convinced about what Paul says in Galatians 6:8 that “He who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap eternal life.” I am seeing that in all that we do in God, whether it is meditating, reading the word, singing the word, praying, or waiting on the Lord, we are sowing into our spiritual garden. Many times I don’t perceive what is happening in my spirit, but I continually set myself before the Lord in these disciplines, knowing that even if I don’t feel or see any results at the time of the activity, I am setting myself up for future encounter. There is such beauty in the principal of sowing and reaping. I sow a little now and I reap a lot later, much in this life and even more in the ages to come.

With this in mind, the place of waiting is also a place of weakness. Many times I will sit with Jesus, but nothing seems to happen. Neither do I hear His voice (the word doesn’t connect with me), nor do I feel Him at all (my emotions are not stirred). I feel very weak in this place of waiting, but each time I sit with Him I believe that He is changing me from the inside out, even when I cannot perceive anything to be happening. But then at a future time, His presence becomes so close, so that all the times of what seemed to be barrenness were worth it when He comes. Thus, whether I can sense His presence or not, I believe that He is changing me from glory to glory as I gaze on Him and sit with Him (2 Cor 3:18).

I have learned over time that He wants to meet with me so much more than I want to meet with Him. We have to begin to believe that He wants to come and touch us more than we want Him to touch us, for He first loved us, and because of His love we now love Him (1 Jn 4:19). An evangelist I know named Graham Cooke once said, “We in the western world get so caught up in our evangelical mindset of reaching out to God, when all the time God wants us to rest in His word and wait on Him so that He can touch us.” As we believe that He first loved us and gave Himself for us, we will be freed up to just sit with Him, be with Him, and not do all of the things we think we have to get done in our time of devotion with the Lord. Jesus declares His longing for us to be with Him when He prayed “Father, I desire that those you have given me may be with me where I am” (Jn 17:24). It is His desire for us that will strengthen us and give us peace to simply wait on Him and find the peace that He left for us (Jn 16:33).

From the place of intimacy with Jesus, we will be able to do all that we do in this life better! As He loves us, we are able to love Him back and fulfill the first commandment of loving God! His love also opens up our hearts to then do the second commandment well. Loving our neighbors is so much easier when we daily encounter His everlasting, unfailing, and perfect love. Let us get back to the simplicity of sitting with and waiting on Jesus just to be with Him, for He has everlasting pleasures (Psalm 16:11)

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If you are wrestling with physical sickness, a chronic disease, a painful injury, or a heavy emotional burden, then there is good news for you. God's Word says that He is exceedingly kind and loves to heal (Psalm 103:1-5). During His earthly ministry, Jesus healed all who came to Him (Matthew 4:24). God has promised that the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick (James 5:15). Therefore, we want to stand with you in prayer and faith, believing God to perform a healing work in your life.

Our Healing Rooms will be held from 3:45 - 4:45 pm on Sunday evenings weekly.

Appointments for personal ministry can be made starting at 3:30 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis. This personal time of ministry will typically last 20 minutes with one of our Healing Rooms ministry teams.

Prophecy Rooms
11/30/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

At IHOP Atlanta, we desire to encourage and strengthen believers through the prophetic ministry. We have prophecy teams that are trained to hear the heart of the Lord for people and to minister His words of encouragement, edification, and exhortation (1 Cor 14:3). It is our prayer that believers will be strengthened in their faith and have a clearer understanding of how God feels and thinks about them after receiving ministry in the prophecy rooms. If you desire to encounter God's love for you in practical way, we encourage you to sign up for a ministry time in our prophecy rooms.

The prophecy rooms are open on Sundays from 3:45-4:45 PM. Appointments can be made 15 minutes prior. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments typically last 10 minutes and are recorded for your convenience.

Encounter Service
11/30/2014 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Each service incorporates prophetic worship, Biblical teaching, prayer, and ministry times. Each service is geared to call individuals to a depth of the knowledge of God, intimacy with Jesus, urgency for the hour, and the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle. Through proclamation and impartation, each service is focused on providing a place for encounter with God for the individual, as well as generating a shift in the spiritual atmosphere over the city of Atlanta. Immediately following the service, there is an Information meeting for anyone desiring more information regarding IHOP Atlanta.
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