I’ve prayed and waited and prayed and waited and…
I imagine you know what it’s like to pray while waiting on God, too.
Maybe you’ve prayed for a:
- Restored relationship.
And you wait.
At some point, the “what if I never” thoughts begin.
What if I never get hired?
What if I never get pregnant?
What if I never get married?
What if I never get out of debt?
What if I never..?
Rev and I have had many times when we prayed and waited. Some we waited well, others not so much.
Those seasons taught us some important truths about waiting on God for answered prayer.
One of the most important is to refuse to listen to the enemy when he tempts us with thoughts of selfishness, doubt, and impatience. Living outside of God’s will and timing is never a plan for long-term peace and joy.
The good news is that God knows our hearts, our needs, and our weaknesses. He is patient, loving, forgiving, and willing to show us a better way.
The Lord is the everlasting God,Isaiah 40:28–31
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of His understanding.
He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
I can do all things because Christ gives me the strength.Philippians 4:13
Based on the words of Isaiah and Paul, when the Lord asks us to wait on His timing, we can trust Him to give us the strength we need to endure while we live one day at a time.
Waiting on God doesn’t mean idleness and inactivity . . . but walking without fainting and running without weariness until He gives us what we need to soar on wings like eagles. And through it all trusting God to give us the strength we need.
5 Things to Do While Waiting on God
1. Trust God’s Love.
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:39
2. Trust and Obey God’s Will.
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:16–18
3. Trust and Wait with Hope.
Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.Psalm 62:5–6
4. Trust and Embrace God’s Promises.
God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true.Psalm 18:30a
5. Trust God and P.R.A.Y. – Praise. Repent. Ask. And Yield!
Praise God for who He is and all He does. Repent of impatience, pouting, and bargaining. Ask Him to graciously meet this need. And Yield . . . “Not my will, but Yours, Lord. Amen.”
And surrendering our will to God becomes easier when we remember that He promises that His love for His children is so great . . . however things appear at the moment, God is at work for good in our lives.
We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for themRomans 8:28
Repeat #1–5 as often as necessary.
A Prayer to Encourage You While Waiting on God
Father, I’ve prayed and prayed. You know my need and the longing of my heart. This waiting feels so hard. I want to be patient but I’m really struggling. It’s hard not to feel worried and anxious. It’s hard not to wonder “what if I never…” Then I realize that I’m just spinning my wheels. I’m miserable and this isn’t good for me or for anyone else.
So today, as I lift up my need once again, I also pray that You will help me to fully trust Your love, Your will, and Your promises as I wait with hope. “Lord, I believe. Help me overcome my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)
By Your grace and with Your help, I surrender my need to Your loving care. I believe You will give me the strength I need each day . . . strength to humbly pray, “not my will but Yours be done.” (Mark 14:36) I love You, Lord, and I place myself in Your loving care. Amen.
God’s Word says repeatedly that because of His love, God gives His children what is best for them. And as our perfect Father, God’s best includes the things that mold and make us into the people He wants us to be. And He wisely knows that sometimes takes a season of waiting.
So, as we pray and wait, may we hold this word close trusting in His perfect love that never fails…
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” Yes, for HIM. Seek not only the help, the gift, [you need to] seek: HIMSELF; wait for HIM. Give God His glory by resting in Him, by trusting Him fully, by waiting patiently for Him. This patience honors Him greatly; it leaves Him, as God on the throne, to do His work; it yields self wholly into His hands. It lets God be God. ~ Andrew Murray
May God bless you and give you everything you need today as you wait on Him.
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