Preparation for Visitation
Nancy Taylor Warner
"Then I was by Him, one brought up and I was daily
His delight, rejoicing always before Him" Prov 8:30
"And he carried me away in the spirit..." Rev
The key to our being able to "walk in the spirit"
is the time we spend "waiting upon the Lord." Ask
yourself, how much time do I spend each day waiting in His
presence? There is a marvelous benefit to setting apart time
to meet with Him.
A number of years ago, I visited those whose lives revealed
an evident spiritual quality and anointing, to ask how they
received it. I found that each had one thing in common, they
spent much time waiting upon the Lord.
Waiting upon the Lord is a time of worshipful quietness before
Him in which we become receptive to the Spirit of God. It
is not a time in which we make our requests known, or become
passive; but one of expectation in which we actively wait
to be filled with His presence and fellowship with Him.
In our meetings, we are experiencing "touches"
of visitation. As this Holy Spirit "rain" begins
to fall, His presence descends. The degree to which we receive
depends on the preparedness of our hearts. A part of this
is the quality time we set apart to wait upon the Lord.
We should not wait upon the Lord so we might have a glorious
experience. Rather, it is to become quiet and sensitive to
His presence where we begin to hear His voice. Once we begin
to hear, He will lead us according to His purpose to accomplish
His will in and through us, and then we may receive our glorious
"It is sown a natural body, it is raised a
spiritual body" I Cor 15:44a.
As we continue to wait, there will be a progressive dying
of our flesh to all the voices of our natural mind, and a
subsequent birthing of the mind of Christ with His thought
and His purpose. We should cultivate this practice of waiting
upon Him in our daily life experience until we are no longer
governed or controlled by the demands of the natural realm.
As we do this, we will become more sensitive and our ear will
become more and more tuned to the voice of the Lord.
"For since the beginning of the world men have not
heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the
eye seen, O God, beside thee, what He hath prepared
for him that waiteth for Him" Isa 64:4.
There is a place prepared by God Himself for those who will
wait upon Him. As we enter this set apart place, we will renew
our strength and ascend into this special place that has been
prepared for us.
"Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the
young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait
upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they
shall mount up with wings as eagles" Isa 40:30-31a.
It is here that we will begin to understand the mysteries
of the Kingdom. There will be a realignment of our lives.
Our priorities will change from the natural to the spiritual.
Our spiritual senses will be energized by His presence and
restored to respond to His purposes.
The Lord had said to Israel,
"And I will dwell among the children of Israel,
and will be their God" Exodus 29:45.
Later, the children of Israel grieved the Lord. Because of
this, He said to Moses as he was being prepared to lead Israel
into Canaan, "Depart and go ... and I will send My Angel
before you ... to a land flowing with milk and honey: for
I will not go up in your midst, ... for you are a stiff-necked
people" Exodus 33:1-3 NKJ.
Moses desired something more than merely coming into a land
that flowed with milk and honey. He desired the Lord Himself
to lead. Therefore, he took the tabernacle, pitched it without
the camp and prayed, "Show me now Your way, that I may
know You, and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider
that this nation is Your people" Exodus 33:13b NKJ. As
a result of the expression of his desire, the Lord responded
and said, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give
you rest" Exodus 33:14 NKJ.
Then Moses said, "If Your Presence does not go with
us, do not bring us up from here" Exodus 33:15 NKJ. In
other words, Moses said, I do not want just the blessings,
I desire your presence in our midst, in the very center of
what we are doing.
Moses clearly expressed the principle that the abiding presence
of the Lord's "manifest presence" is an indication
and sign of who His people are.
"For how then will it be known that Your people
and I have found grace in Your sight, except
You go with us? So shall we be separate, Your
people and I, from all the people who are upon
the face of the earth" Exodus 33:16 NKJ.
The Lord responded to this desire of Moses for His presence
and said to him, "I will also do this thing that you
have spoken: for you have found grace in My sight, and I know
you by name" Exodus 33:17 NKJ.
This desire of Moses for the presence of the Lord has become
very personal and real to me, for there was a time when I
prayed, "Lord, there are many who are gifted in preaching,
and there are those who have healing and prophetic ministries;
but if ever I am involved in ministry, may it be Your presence
that marks this ministry."
Moses not only desired the abiding of the presence of the
Lord to be with Israel, but he coveted a personal knowledge
of the presence of the Lord. Therefore, he asked to personally
experience God's presence.
"I beseech Thee, show me Thy glory" Exodus 33:18.
The Lord answered, "I will make all my goodness pass
before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before
thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and
will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy" Exodus 33:18.
Hidden within the heart of God, for those alone who seek Him,
are innumerable treasures.
Then the Lord said to Moses,
"Behold, there is A PLACE by Me, and thou shalt
stand upon a rock: and it shall come to pass,
while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee
in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with
my hand while I pass by: and I will take away
mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but
my face shall not be seen" Exodus 33:21-23.
As Moses spent time in the presence of the Lord, the glory
that came upon him became so glorious that the people would
not look upon him, and he had to cover his face. Yet the Word
tells us that the glory which we have is even more glorious.
In Joel, the Lord tells us that He will restore to us the
former and the latter rain. This includes the glory of the
old covenant, but more glorious, the restoration of new covenant
glory which is yet to be fully released unto the people of
We are being changed from one level of glory to a higher
level of glory. As the presence of the Lord is increasingly
made more manifest, it will create a hunger within us that
will bring us to that same "place by Me" that Moses
A mirror can reflect light into another mirror, which can
reflect into yet another mirror. There can be a reflection
of reflected light. We may be birthed from a certain ministry
and even flow in the same anointing, and echo the same teachings,
but unless we personally have cultivated the presence of God
by spending time waiting on the Lord, we will simply be reflecting
reflected light, a dimmed reflection of the glory of the Lord.
We are to reflect His glory in all of His brilliance. When
Moses spent time in the presence of the Lord, the glory became
so glorious that he was asked to cover his face. This intensity
of glory resulted from his being in the presence of God for
a prolonged time.
We can reflect a certain truth because we sat under an anointed
ministry, or we can choose to go a step farther and come into
the presence of the Lord Himself and receive a deposit of
God Himself into our spirits.
Anointed teaching will help to bring us into this if we do
not settle for the lesser and become satisfied with the teaching,
without entering into the relationship from which the teaching
came. It should be as a spring board that lifts us into this
"place by Him" where something is being deposited
into our being.
"When the day of Pentecost was fully come ..."
We are experiencing touches of visitation, but when the day
of visitation has fully come and we are all in one accord
in one place, suddenly there will come a sound from heaven
as of a rushing mighty wind and it will fill all the house.
This should be our expectancy as we continue to intercede
for the presence of the Lord, and passionately desire His
glory in our midst.