Isaiah 40:31 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.
I believe one of the hardest things for us as Christians to do is to wait. We pray about something and if the Lord doesn’t answer us within a few minutes we get anxious. Anxiousness is the opposite of prayer, and I get that from Philippians 4:6 it tells us to be anxious for nothing but in everything in prayer and supplication.
I believe that when we are anxious, then we haven’t prayed. Oh, we may have thrown some little “now I lay me down to sleep” type of prayer, but we have not gone to our closet, gotten alone with the Lord and poured our heart out to Him. I believe He knows whether we are sincere or not, and according to the book of James He knows our motives and when we are not sincere we are usually asking for the wrong reasons.
So, what do we do when we have really prayed and sought the Lord, in that time we are waiting. I have had people to ask me, once I have prayed for something do I keep on asking. I believe that it is ok to keep going back to Him but when we do our words that we use demonstrate if we truly believe He is the answer.
I think we can learn a lot from Jesus prayer when He raised Lazarus from the grave. He prayed but He thanked the Lord for raising Lazarus before Lazarus was raised. I would say once you have asked the Lord for something, then your next prayer is thanking Him for hearing you and what He is about to do for you. When you begin to think about what you have asked the Lord to do, your first words ought to be Thank you Lord.
I also believe that when we have asked the Lord for something, the problem is never whether or not the Lord will hear you, for He has promised to do that, but the problem is in time. The time from when you asked, until the manifestation of the answer. So, in the time while I am waiting for the Lord to move. I find me an anchor verse that God has spoken to me through, and every time I get anxious or nervous, I quote that verse until it goes deep into my heart and it becomes part of me. Remember that the Bible says that “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God”.
One of the great verses about praying and having to wait on the Lord is, I John 5:14-15 and you should memorize it. There is a phrase in vs. 15 “we know that we have the petitions that we have asked from you”. That means that God will come to you and give you confirmation that He has heard you and the answer is on its way, it just hasn’t arrived yet.
Why does the Lord make us wait? Because for one thing He doesn’t want you to think of Him as a bell-hop, no He wants a Father Son-Daughter relationship with you. He wants you to trust in Him. He also knows how we need to mature and grow and waiting helps us to grow up into the image of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And how do I wait? First Ask Him, Second Continue to Pray but thank Him for what He is about to do each time you pray. Third find that anchor verse and allow that verse to penetrate your being. Then get ready for the Lord to answer in a great and mighty way.
Pastor Lee Cruse who also has problems of waiting.
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