What does God expect of us while we’re waiting in prayer?
We’ve all been there. The doctor says the results should be in a few days and it’s been almost two weeks. You applied for the job that’s closer to home and pays more, but it’s been almost a month since your interview. You need a big favor and the one person you thought you could count on hasn’t called back yet.
Isn’t this standard procedure for our prayer life? God, I’d really like an answer on this, you know, when you can. I mean, I’m not rushing you, of course, you know best.
And we wait. And we wait. And sometimes, well, we get tired of waiting. Waiting can lead to doubt and doubt can lead back to doing everything on our own, without God. So, what do we do while we’re waiting? Or maybe the question is what does God expect of us while we’re waiting?
How about we start with intimacy? When God allows us to come to the throne of grace, as Hebrews 4:16 writes about, He wasn’t describing a business transaction. “Hey God, yeah how’s your day going? Great, uh, I’d like a major raise in pay, maybe even a better job and let’s see…oh! I need some more free time for myself, okay? Thanks! I’ll wait here.” God’s intention with prayer is more about spending time with Him and getting to know who He is. Think of a time when you spent with someone who cared about you or vice versa. Wasn’t that awesome? There’s something about being connected with someone where love is a given. Just being there in the moment. This is the heart of God for His creation. In Revelation, Jesus reveals this intimate time He desires with us, “If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with them, and they with me.”
Hope is one of the strongest of our states of minds. Joyce Meyers writes, “Hope is a favorable and confident expectation; it’s an expectant attitude that something good is going to happen and things will work out, no matter what situation we’re facing.” God wants to us to keep hope tightly guarded, held deep inside when we’re faced with adversity. He wants us to look up, not down. This simple attitude can keep your head above the water of troubles and doubts.
Lastly, endurance is something God wants for all of us while we wait in prayer. If we can see through the waiting, to the things God has for us, we can go through anything coming at us. Alistair Begg said, “Endurance is a key indicator in spiritual fitness.” We see people who endure weight training and cardio for the betterment of their health. We also see the end result: A healthier, fitter body or a trophy earned for their work. Isn’t our spiritual health even more important?
What does intimacy with God look like to you?
Describe a time when someone brought you hope.
Why is endurance such an important thing with God?