Have you ever prayed for something that you KNEW was within the will of God and the answer or resolution never seemed to come? Something so tender and precious to your heart that it literally moves you to tears when you think about it? During these times in my life, there have been days where my faith was strong and I boldly stood on scripture that confirmed I was praying in the right direction over a matter, and then there are those other days……days when it seems I have been praying so long, I wondered if the answer was no. Or if God heard me. Or if there might be something in my life I needed to confess to the Lord, something that was hindering my prayers, because it didn’t feel or seem like He heard or saw my need or my pain over a matter. I’ve been there, and quite frankly, I’m there now.
Maybe your prayer is for your marriage to be saved,
your wayward child to turn to the Lord,
for a loved one to be healed from an illness,
for provision of a need,
for God to intervene in your situation in a mighty way,
It is so easy to become discouraged in our situations when God doesn’t seem to be operating on our time-table. Sometimes the more we pray over a matter, the worse things seem to get in the situation. It is so hard to understand. In our human mindsets and “microwave” mentalities, we tend to want things “now”….no, make that yesterday. It is hard for us to make sense of it – so many times I have prayed, “Lord, I know that this is your will, why won’t you just act? I know you have the power. I know you can.”
If we focus on a perceived lack of movement on God’s part in a situation, we can begin to lose faith. I have been participating in a read the Bible through program this year. My old testament reading has me in the book of Joshua right now. Sometimes Joshua is tedious. The past few days, I have been a little discouraged concerning something I have been praying about for what seems like an eternity. I have to be honest, I haven’t seen a lot of movement for the better in the situation, and every time I think I am seeing some progress or a ray of hope, it feels like it turns into an episode of “Punked”…..joke is on me, because that ray of hope just turned into 10 steps back. It’s frustrating. It’s discouraging. I’d even go so far as to say heartbreaking at times. But then there it was in Joshua….in the middle of dividing up land between tribes and a list of defeated kings, it grabbed my attention and I knew God was speaking to me.
“Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed: every one was fulfilled.” Joshua 21:45
Isn’t God good? His word is good. Not one of His promises to us have or will fail.
“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.” Lamentations 3:25
He may not be operating on my timetable, but 2 Samuel 22:31 reminds me that “Your way is perfect.” and 2 Peter 3:9 tells me, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.” 2 Corinthians 1:20 tells me that “No matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘YES’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘AMEN’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.”
So because my faith was encouraged this morning, I just wanted to share so that maybe yours will be encouraged also. Let us continue to pray for wisdom and discernment in our areas of concern and for the perseverance of faith and persistence of the widow in Luke 18:1 – 6. Let us always pray and never give up. Praise God that he is not like the unjust judge in this passage – we will never wear him out with our coming to him.
Aren’t you thankful for God’s word that encourages us in our weakness and reminds us of what we know, but sometimes forget. Keep asking, seeking, and knocking, friends. God will work his perfect will in his perfect time, and your faith will grow in the process. He is good.