Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.
If all else fails, be patient. It sounds easier said than done–particularly when we have prayed continually for someone, or for something to happen, and we don’t see any results. Patience doesn’t come easily for the person who likes everything instant. But patience is just what is needed in some situations where a wrong decision could destroy everything the Lord is setting in motion to answer our prayer.
We can’t always see what God is doing behind the scenes when we ask God according to his will for a blessing. Sometimes we ask God and don’t even expect an answer. Or worst, we expect the opposite to happen. So we take things in our own hands, even going so far as to completely destroy any possibility that what we prayed for will manifest.
“God, are you listening?” How many times have we hit our own heads with our palms thinking, “why didn’t I wait”, when taking things in our own hands turns into a disaster. If we ask according to His will we will be given what we ask as long as it isn’t asked for selfish reasons or in vain–with doubt and expectation of the opposite. Why do bad things happen to good people? The answer may sometimes be found in patience.
God gives us free will. But are we listening to, and discerning, his part in the whole picture? Do we really put ourselves in God’s hands when we neglect to be patient? Do we put more importance on what we want to happen than on God?
- Her secret is patience.
1. Expect that God wants you to be blessed and have hope and a future. Are you ready for the blessing you’re asking for.
1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
2. Are you doubting? Doubt can squash any prayer and cause patience to be non existent. Check yourself for denial if there is a possibility of doubt in you.
James 1:6-8 Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. 7For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord, 8[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].
3. Are you asking amiss? Or do you ask according to God’s will. If so, be patient.
Proverbs 27:18 Whoever tends the fig tree shall eat its fruit; so he who patiently and faithfully guards and heeds his master shall be honored.
James 4:3 [Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures.
1 John 3:22 And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
4. If you’re praying for someone else, is your life in order? If not, they need someone other than you to pray for them while you put your life in order, humble yourself before God, and then return to pray.
John 9:31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
John 15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
5. Are you listening to God and doing your part. The best way to understand God’s will in any matter is to know His Word. Jesus said that we can ask anything in His name and it will be given to us. So, what’s the problem? Is it patience?
Romans 15:5-6 Now may the God Who gives the power of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement, grant you to live in such mutual harmony and such full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6That together you may [unanimously] with united hearts and one voice, praise and glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).