Every day we wait. We wait in line at the grocery store. We wait for the traffic light to change. We wait for our children to be ready for school. We wait for the workday to end. We wait for God to answer prayer. Much of our time is spent waiting. My friend Erma says, “We spend most of our lives in God’s waiting room.” We all must wait for answers to our prayers. And when we wait, the choice is ours about our condition in the waiting room. There are times when the one thing we want is the thing we don’t get. What if the request is delayed or even denied? How should we wait on God to answer our prayers?
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” This is one of the hardest things to do—to be still and wait. In a past blog “The Waiting Room,” I discuss how God wants us to wait. How will God find you waiting? Will you be impatient and anxious or prayerful? Will you be worried or hopeful? Will you be fearful and depressed or faithful? Psalm 44:5 says, “Only by your power can we push back our enemies, only in your name can we trample our foes.” Only by understanding our waiting is ordained by God, with his plan in mind, that we will be found prayerful, hopeful, and faithful.
In Isaiah 37, King Hezekiah had a big problem: His kingdom was a target. One day a letter warned him a powerful army was on its way to demolish his country. King Hezekiah laid the letter out before God and prayed this prayer, recorded in Is. 37:20: “O Lord Our God, rescue us from this power, then all the kingdoms of the earth will know that you alone O Lord, are God.”
Because King Hezekiah waited faithfully in prayer, God answered. Almost immediately, the King got a message through the prophet Isaiah, “Because you prayed, I will defend this city and protect it.”
How will God find you waiting? Remember how King Hezekiah literally laid out the letter before God, will you lay out your problem before God? Will you be impatient or anxious? Will you be worried? Or will you choose to be prayerful? Will you be thankful? And will you be found faithful?
Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.” When we ask according to God’s will and for his glory, he will do it. Isaiah 30:18 says, “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you, he rises to show you compassion.” Blessed are all who wait for him!
Let’s pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for helping me wait on you by faith. Thank you that I am blessed when I wait on you. Help me be prayerful, thankful and faithful. I give you praise and glory. Thank you for your word, for this promise that says, “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” (Ex. 14:14) In Jesus’ name, amen.
The song “Find You Waiting” by December Radio, talks about the challenge and blessing of waiting. Here’s December Radio with “Find You Waiting.”
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