Waiting On An Answer to Prayer
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. (Habakkuk 2:3)
Waiting for a prayer to be answered is a way that God builds our faith in Him. If He answered all of our prayers immediately our faith in Him would not grow. Rather than being God to us, He would become more like our Santa Clause, we would seek His present rather than His presence.
Waiting for a prayer to be answered produces patience, stability, faith and spiritual maturity. Sometimes prayers are answered immediately and then there are times we may have to wait for a prayer to be answered weeks, months and even years. While we’re waiting, we have to build our faith on the Word of God, surround ourselves with people that have faith. The last thing needed while we’re waiting for a prayer to be answered is to be around people who is full of negative faith rather than positive faith.
While waiting, we must remind ourselves who God is, and what He has done for us down through the years. Since He provided, protected, delivered, then He will do it again. Our last experience with God should bring about a right now faith! Our situations and circumstances changes but God’s Word never change. He and His Word is the same today, yesterday and forever!
Sometimes our prayers are delayed in order to work the Fruit of the Spirit in us. (Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples – John 15:8). Fruit is the manifestation of the character and behavior of our Father, and His Son being manifested through the believer (But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, and meekness – Galatians 5:22). When the fruit of the Spirit manifests itself through us, God always wants us to produce more fruit, and order for the fruit to be produced and manifested, God allows are prayers be delayed but not denied. He allows trials and tribulations to come to push us closer to Him.
Prayer is our communication and connection with God. When we pray according to the will of God, we must know no matter how long the wait may be, God will answer the prayer. In our waiting, Satan will throw many darts of failure, unbelief, doubt, impatience, weariness. Questions of what have I done or what I’m I not doing, questions of your position of faith in God and His Word. Satan will play many tricks and schemes with your emotions while you’re waiting for prayers to be answered. This is why we have been instructed not to worry or faint (And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not – Galatians 6:9). Everything we need to hold on to faith during our time of waiting is in the Word of God. Read the Bible, get strength as well as faith during your time of waiting. If the prayer is according to the will of God, the prayer will be answered, God watches over His Word to perform them.
Waiting gives the Christian tenancity, stronger faith, boldness, persistence, creating a godly character and behavior. Wait on God, trust in God, and you will receive from God!