Have you ever prayed for something day after day, year after year, and it appeared God was not answering? Have you ever prayed fervently for your daughter or son and did not see the answer forthcoming?
What did that unanswered prayer do to your faith? Did you become tired of the waiting and turn away? Did you press into God asking for reassurance of his faithfulness?
In scripture, we see Sarah and Abraham waiting for years for an answer to God’s promise. They thought God had forgotten his promise. But, at just the right time, God’s timing, Sarah became pregnant with a baby. The baby was born when Abraham was 100 years old. God did exactly what he promised. (Genesis 21)
I have a promise from God that I’ve been waiting for years to see the answer. I am, at times, greatly tempted to try to have influence on the answer. And when I do step in and try to influence the outcome, it typically has a negative effect. Clearly, the timing is not right.
What do you do (what should I do) when you have prayed for years for something, God has given you a promise, but you don’t see the answer anywhere in the near future?
1. Remember: God will do exactly what he has promised. (Genesis 21:1)
2. Trust: I should trust that once God speaks it, it is as good as done. (Ezekiel 12:25)
3. Wait: I should wait, prayerfully expectant, for his answer. (Hebrews 11:1)
4. Pray: And when I get discouraged, and I do, I should go to him and ask for encouragement for the journey of waiting and the promise that he hears. (1 John 5:14)
This doesn’t mean that I have to sideline my life from the one I am praying for. It does mean that I don’t need to interfere with the answer to God’s promise. God is big enough to manage his answers to his promises. I need to remember that. I need to trust that. I need to live expectantly of his answer.