One of the favorite expressions used by the apostles to describe themselves was “bond servant of our Lord.” A bond servant is one who sits at the door of his master, not even daring to look at him in the eyes. He watches his master’s hands. He never speaks unless first spoken to by the master. He always does what he is instructed to do—nothing less, nothing more. In light of this, I am appalled at the way we conduct our spiritual meetings. Many times we treat Jesus as if He were our bond servant. Our prayer meetings too often amount to nothing more than listing a set of errands for Him to carry out.
The thought of waiting on the Lord seldom occurs to us. We usually assume that we already know His will. There is no need to wait for Him to reveal it to us.
I remember a time when some Western visitors came to Argentina. I told them, “We are going to a prayer meeting where we will wait on God.”
As soon as we got there they asked, “How long must we wait?”
I said, “I do not know.”
“Why don’t you know?” they said sharply. “Are we going to stay here forever?”
“I honestly don’t know, and no one else here knows. This is Jesus’ meeting. We have gathered in His name, and, as such, we have come under His authority. When He moves, we move. If He does not move, we do not move.” Perplexity was the kindest response I got. Some of the visitors were visibly upset by this “waste of time.”
Have you ever wondered what the 120 disciples were doing when the Holy Spirit first came upon them on the Day of Pentecost? Because Pentecost (see Acts 2) represents the most dramatic display of God’s power on the Church, it would be interesting to find out what the disciples were doing when such
a phenomenon took place. Acts 2:2 says they were sitting. Sitting is always associated with waiting. We must adopt today the waiting attitude that permeated the Upper Room when the greatest outpouring of God’s power took place.*
*Excerpt from That None Should Perish, pages 225-226.