To you who have just started praying about something important in your life, and your wondering whether it’s worth it, and how long will it be before you have an answer. To you who are in the middle of a season of prayer, you have been waiting for an answer for awhile and haven’t stopped praying the same prayer.
My wife and I started to pray about something 7 months ago and in the last few days that season on waiting came to a close. Seven months of praying the same thing! It’s the longest I have intentionally prayed about something in my 20 years of being a Christian. During the 7 months we regularly talked about what we were seeking and I will be honest, there were times of wanting to take matters into our own hands. There’s that tension of knowing (or thinking you know) what your wanting is good so why not just go ahead and do or take it and really wanting to know what Gods thoughts are on the matter.
Waiting is hard. Praying without ceasing and giving thanks at the same time is not natural for us humans. But for those of us that are in Christ, this is God’s will for us. – 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
So if you are there and the struggle is real, or you are frustrated and plan B is looking tempting, or you are about to give up on waiting because it feels like it’s been too long.
I want to encourage you. Keep praying about the thing that you are wanting an answer for, keep talking with others about what your praying about, keep giving thanks during this process and most of all keep letting God know exactly how your doing during this time. I’m not saying that God will answer exactly the way you want him to if do the things I have just suggested. Nope, that’s the part of the adventure of prayer and allowing God to be God in these matters.
You see, God said no to our prayer, but in saying no we have avoided lots of possible pain and time wasted. In saying no we have been reminded that God cares for his children, and in saying no we can now say yes to other things that are where God wants us to be present.
How good is it that the God of the universe invites us into the process of this thing called prayer. Doesn’t always make sense and can be frustrating sometimes, but it’s worth investing in.
What is the longest time you have spent in prayer about something that was important to you?
Father God, we thank you that we can come to you in prayer, that you are not some distant power that has no ears and has no time to respond to your creation. Help us to be patient prayers and to give you thanks while waiting for answers. – Amen