I have often thought that prayer is many times a transition from Wilderness to Promised Land, metaphorically speaking. Some mornings it seems to take about ‘forty days or forty years’ to get a break through in prayer.
When Moses took the people to start the Wilderness Journey the scripture says, “And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.” This is simply the continuous presence of the Lord.
This is the presence I pray for in my Wilderness Prayer… ‘Lord, let your pillar of cloud and your pillar of fire lead me as I seek you.’ I believe I have personally and with no doubt seen both of these in my spirit as I meditate and pray. The presence of the Lord is continuously there though sometimes we aren’t. The Holy Spirit is our cloud and fire to lead us in the way of the Lord.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” Jesus