My friend John was ministering in a church and invited people to come forward. About 15 people came and stood in a circle. John prayed a short prayer for the Holy Spirit to move among us. I had no sense of the Spirit’s presence. I think others felt the same. John stood patiently and waited. I was amazed that he waited several minutes and nothing seemed to be happening.
I might have said, “Well, God bless you all, have a good night.” John continued to patiently wait. After several minutes one of the men suddenly fell to the hard concrete floor! He was overcome, surprised by the Spirit. A deep, deep work was going on! He was being freed from addictions and receiving healing. Others were also touched. If John had not been willing to lead us in waiting we might have missed our opportunity.
Waiting and listening is our job. Power and love is the Spirit’s.