Are you, like many of us, waiting for God to answer your prayers? Have you been praying relentlessly for weeks, months, or perhaps even years about the same issues and concerns—never seeing any signs of a breakthrough? If you are walking in God’s will and doing your best to stay hopeful, then the only thing left for you to do is—Wait! God is secretly working on things you know nothing about.
Stay in faith—————————————————this might take a minute!
In our minds, our prayers are straightforward, but they could be more complex than we realize. For instance, when our prayers involve other people, a whole chapter in their life might have to be played out before we see any answers to our prayers. There could be lessons that they have to learn and experiences they must experience—first! These things take time.
The lessons and experiences could start an avalanche, a chain reaction in other people’s lives connected to the person we are praying for. The situation in those other lives might have to be dealt with, and so on, and so forth. (Excerpt from Paulette Talks Faith Book 1: “This—Might Take a Minute!)
Can you think of a better way for God to develop our faith than to make us wait?
God cares about our spiritual growth; therefore, sometimes a delayed prayer is more about: molding the fruit of the Spirit in our character (see Galatians 5:22-23); drawing us nearer to Him (see Matthew 6:33); transforming our desires to reflect His will (Psalm 37:4); and developing our faith to trust and obey (see Proverbs 3:5-6).
In the meantime, as we wait,
- Look for unexpected answers and blessings along the way;
- View waiting as a time to grow spiritually;
- Meditate on a good outcome;
- Draw closer to God;
- Trust Him to do what’s best;
- Be kind and do good in other people’s lives; and
- Praise Him before you see anything.
God isn’t going to give us a play-by-play of His actions; we wouldn’t understand it even if He did (see Isaiah 55:8). We might not be able to trace His every step, but in the end, we’ll know—only God could have pulled it together so masterfully.
“So, that’s why it took so long.”
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.