Waiting. It has to be one of the hardest things for me to do. As a kid, I’d wait for Christmas and it seemed like the hardest thing in the world to do. Ask my mom, I don’t know how many Christmas mornings I’d wake up about 3 am and start separating the presents into piles. That’s not all, I always made it my mission to find out where the presents were and try to see what we got. I succeeded a few times. One time I knew I had a Nintendo game (Yes, that shows my age), the shape of the package gave it away. I opened the bottom of it and took the game out, played it and put it back. So as you can see my patience is lacking.
When I pray I tend to be the same way. I want the answer and I want it yesterday. You’d think after serving God for the last 25 years, I’d have figured out that it doesn’t work on my time. I know, I’m probably the only one. You guys don’t do that. Yeah right, I know you do. You’re human too.
Why do we do it though? We know that answers don’t always come quickly, yet we still expect them immediately. For example. Prayer: God I need you to help me lose 50 lbs. You wake up in the morning and you’re a pound heavier than the day before and you wonder why God hasn’t miraculously given you a makeover in the night. That’s just not how it works. Some things are going to require us to do some work. Like losing 50 lbs. Other things we can only trust God for. such as healing for our bodies. There’s one. Let’s talk about that.
Healing is something most of us have prayed for, whether it be for us or someone else. When the healing doesn’t come, does that make God any less God? No. Does that make him unloving? No. Does that make us lose faith? Possibly. But that’s where we have to really root ourselves in his word and be grounded. I’m not saying that you’re not, because I’m not going to judge your walk with God. However I can say I’ve been there. I’ve prayed for healing for loved ones and it didn’t come. At first it really affected me in a negative way. Why wouldn’t God heal my grandmother? Talk about a woman of faith who taught her family what it meant to trust in God. Why wouldn’t she be healed? Shouldn’t God do it? No, he doesn’t have to. We live in a world that is under a curse and has been since Adam and Eve chose to sin. Sickness is a part of that curse. Yes, sometimes God does heal. As a matter of fact she had been healed of cancer back in the 60s. She passed away in 2002. What we have to understand is God has his own timing. That timing is not ours. His ways are higher than ours and his thoughts are too. We can’t confine God to our time limits and we certainly can’t tell him how to do his job. We can’t pick who gets healed and who doesn’t. Do we understand completely, not in a million years.
I really do mean for this post to be uplifting and encouraging. I want you to go with me for a minute. This is going to be a little mind blowing. My personal belief is this. Where God is, there is no time. There is no 8:30 am on Wednesday. Where God is its forever and it’s always right now. So when you pray, God hears you right now. When he answers, for him he is answering right now. That answer for us though may come five days after we prayed for it, or 50 years after we prayed for it. It doesn’t change the fact that God is God. He heard and answered the prayer, just not on our time line.
We cannot make ourselves equal with God and when we begin to question why he didn’t do something, or why he didn’t do it when we though it should be done, then we are saying that we know better than him. How is that possible? We’re the clay here, he’s the one molding us not the other way around.
Be encouraged today. God has heard your prayer. Take time to wait on him and in the waiting begin to praise him for the answer. I’ve found that’s what makes the waiting worth it. I find myself drawing closer to him in the waiting. It’s a special time. A time that I wouldn’t take back if I could. So, let’s pray as I close.
Heavenly Father, I’ve prayed for __________ and you know I’m having a hard time letting go of it and leaving it in your hands. Help me to trust that you’ve heard my prayer and the answer is on the way. Draw me closer in the waiting. I give you praise right now for answering my prayer. I thank you that you are in control and nothing can change that. I love you.
What I normally do is continue to praise him. I’ll put on worship music or read my bible. That’s the best way to take care of the doubts when they overwhelm you. Just keep praising!
If you’d like in the comments below share how God answered a prayer for you. Especially if it took longer than you expected. God bless you!