Have you ever had to wait in prayer? Me, too. I think that’s something we have all probably experienced. I’m not sure about you, but waiting is not my favorite thing to do! I’m all for getting things taken care of and wrapped up right now! The thing is, God’s time table is not the same as ours. And that’s what we’ll discuss today – waiting in prayer.
I’m so happy to introduce to you my friend, Sarah Geringer. Sarah is the author of three self-published books and blogs regularly at sarahgeringer.com. She loves writing in the morning, reading in the afternoon, and enjoying family time in the evening. Sarah lives in her beloved home state of Missouri with her husband and three children.
I’ve been encouraged by Sarah’s words many times, especially inside her book, The Fruitful Life. Today, Sarah gives us some practical steps that can encourage and give perspective while we wait on the Lord. I think Sarah gives us great tips on how to wait well!
Waiting in Prayer by Sarah Geringer
In my heart, there is a waiting room for prayers. For some prayers, I’ve only had to wait a few hours to learn the answers. I didn’t have to wait long, but the pressure was still there. For other prayers, I had to wait many years for the answers. I’m still waiting on some prayers to be answered with anything other than “wait.”
I often meditate upon the truths in John Waller’s song “While I’m Waiting.” I play this song while I’m in that waiting room and pray through the truths, verse by verse.
I lean into hope. I put on a hopeful mindset when I pray. I trust that God has good things in store for me. If good things aren’t possible in my situation, then I trust that God has good lessons for me to learn in the circumstance. I hope for better days while I wait in prayer, and that hope shines a bright light in the otherwise dimly-lit waiting room.
I put on patience. Nothing tests my patience more than a prayer I want answered right this minute. I know God is infinite and all-powerful, so I am tempted to think, “Why can’t you just tell me now?” Still, in that waiting room I have learned that I can’t always handle the answer God has for me until the time is right. My patience has grown through the many hours and sometimes years of waiting.
Still, in that waiting room I have learned that I can’t always handle the answer God has for me until the time is right.Click To Tweet
I practice faithfulness. Meeting God every single day to pray in that waiting room has developed self-discipline. Even though I may pray the same prayer I’ve spoken for fifteen years in a row, I know that God hears me and encourages me to keep asking, seeking, and knocking. The more faithfully I pray, the more natural my wait becomes.
I receive peace. When I wait in prayer, I receive the peace that passes all understanding from the Holy Spirit. I know that God’s ways are higher than my ways, and his thoughts are higher than my thoughts. His timetable for answering prayer must be infinitely superior to mine. Meditating on those truths about God brings peace to my heart while I’m waiting.
I am obedient. Just because I have to wait does not give me a good excuse for complaining, gossiping, and showing self-pity. As greater hope, patience, faithfulness, and peace enters my heart in the waiting room, I am empowered to greater obedience.
I am bold and confident. I am certain God hears my prayers. I am confident he will answer them with perfect knowledge and timing. I am not bold and confident in my own strength or ability, but in God’s infinite wisdom and transcendence.
I don’t deny the pain. God knows my wait is difficult. He wants me to bring my hurt to him. As I’ve shared with him how hard the wait is, he embraces me and comforts me. In hindsight I can see now how God drew me ever so close in the hardest times of waiting. He used my pain to deepen our relationship, and that’s why the waiting room isn’t such a painful place anymore.
In hindsight I can see now how God drew me ever so close in the hardest times of waiting.Click To Tweet
I serve and worship God in the wait. No matter how difficult the prayer request is, I can always praise God for who he is. I try to incorporate daily praise into my prayer time. When I praise and worship God, he lifts my spirits. When I ask him to show me ways I can serve him in my wait, he opens my eyes to new opportunities and perspectives that take me outside the waiting room.
The waiting room of prayer is now a treasured spot in my heart. It’s a place where I have met God so often, and that’s why it’s dear to me. When I listen to that song, I’m reminded of the many hours I spent there. And I’m reminded of how much my faith has grown through waiting. -Sarah Geringer
I’m thankful to Sarah for these things to remember about waiting in prayer. I find it comforting that God knows the pain of waiting. I love how Sarah points out that God uses our pain to deepen our relationship with Him. There is much to be born through waiting even as difficult as it is!
P. S. Next week we begin talking about grace in a new summer series that will provide you with practical steps for renewal and strength in spiritual areas!
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