The Lord had not yet delivered the Israelites, but, “When they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped (Exodus 4:31).
People who are convinced God will answer their prayers worship as they wait.
My role is to pray.
God’s role is to answer.
HIs plan is perfect.
I’m learning trust.
More than 2,ooo years have passed since Jesus prayed, “for those who will believe in me (John 17:20).”
Some still have not believed.
Join with Him and pray for them.
Sometimes we wait for people, even when we ask nicely. Someone else might have asked first. Maybe they’re too busy. Perhaps they don’t how to help. Maybe they don’t care.
Sometimes we wait for God, even when we pray fervently. But the reasons we wait for Him are not the same as the reasons we wait for people. He listens to every prayer. It doesn’t matter who prays first. He always has time. He can do anything and everything, and He always cares.
How could He not care? He gave His Son, Jesus, to die for sinners. For us.
So, as we pray, and wait for God to act, we’re rehearsing what’s true. God is good, powerful, loving and wise. And He wants us to ask until He answers (read Luke 18:1-8).
FYI: we’re still waiting for God to sell our house. I’ll let you know how God answers our prayers.
Moses waited. And prayed.
“Relent, O Lord! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.
Satisfy us in the morning
with your unfailing love.”
So we wait. And pray.
Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises (Romans 4:18, 21).
Let hope in God inspire prayer.
God said to Moses, “Go up to the land I swore to give Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I will send an angel to drive out your enemies. But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and wild animals would multiply and threaten you. I will drive them out a little at a time until your population has increased enough to take possession of the land (from Exodus 33:1; 23:29-30).”
God did what was best then. He does what is best now.
He has good reasons for waiting to answer prayer.
[Persistence] is the pressing of our desires on God with urgency and perseverance. It is praying with that courage and tension that neither relaxes nor stops until its cry is heard and its cause is won. —E. M. Bounds*
*Denise George, Tilling the Soil, p. 152.
“Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God (Genesis 5:23).”
Walk with God, one day at a time. Days become years. Years become a life time.