WaitingPosted: March 18, 2009 “Wait for the LORD, be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD” Psalm 27:14 “The [LORD] hears the prayers of the righteous.” Proverbs 15:29 “Pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
As a Christian, I have become dependent on prayer. I realize in the beginning of my walk with the Lord that I was not in control of my life and the decision I made. God was the one who had the final say and decision for my life. As Proverbs says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” So I have learned that no matter what great plans I have dreamed up and tried to initiate, if it is not in God’s will, then it will not happen.
Sometimes surrendering our own plans and desires can be hard, especially when we want something so bad. At times I thought that God would never answer my prayers, but God calls for us to be strong and wait for HIM to act! He does everything according to his perfect timing, all though it may not be our perfect timing 😉 I find I get discourages when God has not answered my prayer in a “timely manner” (well I want him to answer me faster). But, I am reminded that the Lord does answer the prayers of the righteous! God calls us to pray continuously, leaning on God for our strength and support! During our waiting period, God is growing our faith and trust in him. It is easy for me to get discouraged, but these scriptures helps restore my hope and faith that God has heard me and will answer me in his perfect timing.
Currently, I happen to find myself waiting on the Lord. I have been praying a certain prayer for almost 5 years now without an answer. I have seen glimers of hope, but still no answer. I was starting to get discouraged, but then I opened my bible and stumbled across the three scriptures at the top. The Lord spoke to my heart and my hope has been restored. I don’t know why the Lord has not answered my prayer yet. I may never know why. But I do know my God has heard my prayer and will answer me one day. Until then, he provides me the strength through his word in the bible!