Guest Author - Pamela Chambers
We at one time or another, have waited for what seemed like a long time to get a prayer answered. If it is something that is needed in our lives, an urgent answer is usually emphasized as the most important part of the prayer. Waiting is not a part of our agenda during our time of prayer with God. I think some Christians do not realize that communing with God daily, is more valuable than getting an answered prayer. What is happening while we wait on God to answer our prayer?
However, waiting is the necessary action that will get us to make our prayer a success. It is also imperative that we come up with a strategy on how we wait to get this prayer answered. Waiting is like an adventure, a person does not really know what action he will take next and what he will discover based on the previous action, because this is not familiar territory. God wants us to be excited about coming into his presence, without any preconceived notions of how this prayer will be answered.
There are quite a few Christians who do not realize that waiting requires action and the application of God’s word. Whatever situation a person finds himself in, there is an answer to the problem in the word of God. What does the Bible say about waiting?
Psalms 27:14: says Wait on the Lord: be of good courage and he will strengthen your heart, wait I say on the Lord. Psalm 27 stresses the fact that it takes courage to wait and the strengthening of the heart is a by-product of that action. Answered prayer is a by-product to a prayer request. God wants to spend time with us and also want us to mature as Christians.
Another way to wait is to rest in the presence of the Lord. Psalm 37:7-9 says to Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him… Those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. Sometimes what is important to the Christian is the answer to the prayer, but the process has more value because waiting keeps us connected to God.
Last week in the article, How to Develop a Sustaining Prayer Life, I emphasized the importance of building a continuous relationship with the Lord. As we wait on the Lord, we develop such characteristics as strength and patience. If we did not have to wait, sustaining prayer would come at a slower pace, or not at all. The transferring of the presence of God from our secret place, to our open environment, would also probably take longer or may not happen at all.
The Psalmist in Psalm 27 encourages us to wait on the Lord, because the process of waiting, yields the inheritance of the earth. In Genesis 1:28: God commanded Adam and Eve to be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth and subdue it and have dominion….over every living that moved upon the earth.
Adam and Eve,gave that dominion to the serpent,because they disobeyed God. God stepped in again and redeemed us from the curse, when he allowed Jesus to die for our sins. We can take authority over the earth and everything in it because of Jesus.
Matthew 6:33 notes: But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness’ and everything shall be added unto you. God has given us his son to offer us provision, healing, abundance, holiness and more. The earth is ours and everything in it; but we must have Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit as the center of our lives. Sometimes, we put the cart before the horse and want other things besides a relationship with the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. But, in order for us to thrive in this world, we must stay connected to the greater one, so we can hear his voice and do what he desires us to do. Our main agenda must be to please the Lord and remember the scripture of Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and everything shall be added unto you.