EXPECTANCY: “The Master’s Touch”
“If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole” (Mark 5:28).
Expectancy is defined as the state of thinking or hoping that something (usually pleasant) will happen. It is the anticipatory belief or desire of something that is expected.
“Expectancy is the atmosphere for miracles.” A lady that is expecting in the natural indicates that a birth is forthcoming. Truly, childbirth is a miracle…a new creation. The woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5:28 expected a miracle. If she touched Jesus, with expectancy, then surely she knew that He would touch her with a miracle.
Humans possess five natural senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. “Touch” places us in direct contact with our world. When we touch something, we become closely involved with it. We touch thousands of things every day in our lives without even thinking about it. We touch objects. We even affect change in the objects, or even the people, we touch. But there is nothing more powerful than the touch of God!
Jesus touched a leper, and he was healed. His touch changed “Jacob” (deceiver) into “Israel” (a prince having power with God). His touch changed Moses from a murderer to a leader. His touch can remove sicknesses. His touch can raise the dead. His touch can open blind eyes. His touch can unstop deaf ears. His touch can lift up the down and out. His touch can change us on the inside. His touch can make all things well on the outside! If you are expecting, then God desires to birth something great in this season…a new beginning!
Are you seeking God with EXPECTANCY? Touch God with your prayer, and He will touch you with His power!
World Network of Prayer
United in Christ.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long-suffering, charity, patience…what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them… All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (II Timothy, Chapter 3).
In the chapter above, the Apostle Paul shared with us behaviors we witness in these present times we are living in and warns us to keep clear of those who deny the true power of God by saying, “from such turn away,” because we are fully aware of the true power of Jesus. Therefore, it is important that we fervently continue to press forward in faith as one Body and Church of Jesus towards the straight and narrow path that leads to salvation and eternal life.
For God’s Spirit to bind, strengthen and keep us physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
That we are UNITED, according to His Word, to be victorious over all persecutions, trials, tribulations and temptations that may come our way.
For God to show Himself strong for His church to continue growing as stated in the book of Acts and to pour out wisdom, knowledge and understanding to every individual and organization that has a hunger and thirst to receive the true gospel of Jesus, our only omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent heavenly God.
Steadfastly, for we know as the end of this world draws near, the love for violence and vulgarity will continue to go viral like a virus because there is no vision to view beyond the visible.
Continually, for it is vital for us to be vigilant because the enemy of our soul is like a vicious viper seeking victims in various places.
No value of vanity can fill any void except the love of Jesus our God, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, the First and the Last, the Author and Finisher of our faith who provides vegetation for His sheep in the valleys. Therefore, as virtuous vessels in God’s vineyard, we must stay “united for the kingdom of Jesus” and obey His voice to be victorious over the enemy by the power of Jesus vested in us!
Intercessory Prayer Team
Georgetown, Guyana UPCI
(Information from WNOP Prayer Connect Newsletter – World Network of Prayer – firstname.lastname@example.org)
“What to Do While Waiting on the Lord” by Liane R. Grant.
Not too many of us enjoy waiting, especially if we are on time and someone else is late. The longer we wait, the more frustrated we get, because we are not doing anything except waiting.
Have you ever been tired of waiting on the Lord? He’s promised an answer, but you think He’s late in providing it. Maybe it’s time to activate faith AND works. Continue believing that the answer is coming, but don’t stop doing the good things you know to do while you are waiting.
“And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me” (Acts 1:4).
When I envision the scene in the upper room before the Day of Pentecost, I don’t see the disciples sitting around yawning and getting frustrated, even though Jesus hadn’t told them how long they would have to wait. I envision instead a group of people full of faith who were praying, studying the Scriptures, and encouraging each other. They were completely prepared when the Holy Ghost fell!
So, it seems when we have to wait on the Lord, we should consider it as a time of preparation and faith-filled works, not a period of inactivity.
“A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.” (Luke 19:12-13) As a translator, I feel that this verse could easily be misinterpreted. “Occupy” can mean to take up space, or to distract yourself. The New King James version of this verse makes it clearer: “Do business till I come”.
While we wait on God for something, are we making the most of what He has already given us? Here’s another verse where the word wait could be misinterpreted. “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether . . . ministry, let us wait on our ministering” (Romans 12:6-7). This scripture is not telling us to delay ministering. Again, the NKJV says it more clearly: “let us use it in our ministering”.
It seems the biblical way of waiting is an active waiting, quite different from the typical idea of “waiting around.” We have so many opportunities to learn, grow, and develop by using what God has already blessed us with. If we are waiting for more, let’s wait actively, combining faith and works!
Note: Liane is a certified English/French translator and author of Order My Steps and the “Schedule Solutions” series on Amazon. She and her husband Scott are missionaries in Quebec, Canada. Liane serves as the Quebec Ladies Ministries President and is the founder and project manager of The King’s Translators, a group of volunteers dedicated to providing apostolic resources in French.
“Waiting in the Obscured Path” by Von de Leigh Hatcher.
In January of 2018, I was offered a temporary job assignment in another town which would advance my career but take me away from my church, family, and friends. As I prayed and sought God’s direction, God spoke to me. The words he said were from Isaiah 48:17.
“I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go” (NKJV).
Instantly, I felt peace. The fears of the unknown had clouded my faith in the all-knowing God. So, I determined to trust Him with my path forward.
I moved to the new town, worked, and began to serve in multiple capacities in the church I began to attend. However, I always remembered that my assignment was temporary.
The next year, in July, my best friend and her husband were severely burned in an explosion. A few weeks later, my supervisor told me that my assignment would end within a month. I was told to move out of the apartment that my company provided. My life seemed to stop.
I questioned God. Had God led me here only to take away everything He had provided? My path forward was obscure once again, and I had no idea where God planned to lead me. I filled out job applications and looked for another place to live. I listened to James Wilson’s song “Wait on the Lord” repeatedly. For weeks, I had job interviews without job offers.
I reminded myself: “But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31, NKJV).
Finally, I sat at work and looked at my calendar. It was a Tuesday. My last day of work was that Friday. I had to leave my apartment that Saturday. I bowed my head and prayed, “God, I know that Your time is not my time. But, Lord, You once walked this earth as a man. I have four days before I am supposed to move, and I do not know where I’m moving. Please remember that four days, for me, is not a lot of time.”
Two hours later, I received a job offer! Within that same hour, arrangements were made for me to move into a newly renovated house that my church owns and now rents to me. God continues to provide my every need!
Has your world stopped? Is your path hidden from your eyes?
“Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psalm 27: 14, NKJV).
Note: Von de Leigh Hatcher attends The First Pentecostal Church of Westlake, Louisiana. She is an LSU alumna and works for a local engineering firm.
(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl June 2020 Newsletter – UPCI LM – email@example.com)