There was a period in my youth when I was part of a church that was learning what it was like to be a New Testament church.
That included some rather big steps in faith and practice even though we still used traditional methods of delivering the gospel.
Our thoughts were to engage the power of God through our commitment to serve Him. He would notice our all-night prayer meetings, our many days of fasting, out commitment to go door-to-door, our conduct, worship and sacrifices. Then He would come in a powerful way, fill our evangelistic services with the unsaved. Those would be saved, the sick would be healed and we would walk away from the evening having seen the power of God in a clear and unmistakable way.
It never happened.
Our group went from 60 young adults to 10 and the leadership basically gave up.
I learned a valuable lesson in that period of training. Praying all night is not something one does to prove, please, obtain favour for or to get God to notice, hear, listen, understand or step into our lives. Praying all night means a committment to seek the face of God and to continue to seek God until He answers. So if He answers in fifteen minutes – go home. If He has lots to tell you, be prepared to be there all night.
- Getting Serious About God (3) (lacykitkat.wordpress.com)