Do you ever wonder what you have to do in order to see God work in your life?
I mean, lets be honest here. I’m sure you’ve gone through times where it seemed like forever for a certain prayer to be answered and you might still be waiting!
For example, my wife’s father was a heavy smoker for most of his life and her mom prayed for over 15 years to God so that he would stop. 15 years, 6 months, and 21 days later…he stopped and God answered her prayer!
When she first told me that story I was shocked. I couldn’t believe how long someone could earnestly pray for something and how much obedience, faith, and discipline that must have taken.
My longest prayer at the time was a pathetic couple of days so what was I complaining about lol.
If we look at scripture, we can see that there are many stories of people waiting a very, very long time for God to answer their prayer. You’ve probably seen a picture like this before and I’ve shared a similar one on our facebook page.
So you might be thinking,
If God expects us to wait so long for things, what am I supposed to do in the meantime? or
is there a specific way to wait for God to move in my life?
The answer is many things…and yes.
I want to share with you some ways I think we can all learn to wait for God to move in our lives.
1) Earnestly Wait
The passive person is someone who waits and prays for a little bit before giving up and saying, “Thats it! I’ve prayed for X amount of days and since nothing happened I guess God is just not interested in answering my prayer.”
A passive person sits and waits for something to happen. They give up easily and they spend more time complaining about their situation then praying about it.
In contrast, a person who earnestly waits is much different.
Check out the definition of earnest according to dictionary.com.
“1. serious in intention, purpose, or effort.
2. showing depth and sincerity of feeling.
3. seriously important; demanding or receiving serious attention.”
Wow, that definition sounds a lot different then the description of a passive person doesn’t it?
Serious in intention, purpose, or effort. That means a person who earnestly waits in prayer is someone who prays with purpose, who expects his or her prayer to be answered and believes that their answer to their prayer is right around the corner.
The person who earnestly waits is someone who doesn’t sit around but acts. Someone who prays, who goes out and does everything they can with the situation God has put them in, and whose heart is filled with hope knowing that no matter what happens, God will answer in His timing.
2. Open Your Heart As You Wait
When you are waiting for that prayer to be answered be sure to open your heart to any answer God might be revealing to you.
I know there were times in my life that I honestly didn’t have any intention in listening or doing whatever it is God wanted to tell me. So what did He do? He started to answer in ways that got my attention and they were usually painful.
As you wait for God to answer your prayer make sure that your heart is open to any answer He might be wanting to tell you.
3. Trust In His Timing and His Plan As You Wait
Its hard for us to grasp God’s timing but we really need to understand that a lot of times His timetable and ours just don’t line up at all.
That promotion at work you’ve been praying for, that healing prayer for your loved one, or a prayer for a financial breakthrough. There isn’t anything necessarily inherently wrong with some of these prayers but they might not be part of God’s plan or might be different then our timing.
Ultimately, when we wait for God we must believe that since God’s love for us is infinite and His knowledge and Glory surpasses anything we can possibly imagine, that He probably knows a little more then we do and we must begin to trust In His timing and His plan for our lives.