You know the kind of prayers we utter with urgency? They come accompanied by clenched hands, sputtering tears, or nausea. Deep prayers with unspoken hope and (dare we admit?) expectation that God MUST respond and provide right away. But then time passes and we don’t see the answer we cried out for or hoped for or longed for.
We fear God’s silence may be the answer we don’t want, but we keep praying out of desperation or determination or both or neither one.
Heather and I knew that a conversation about prayer had to include the question we ask as children and never stop asking, even after the standard Sunday School explanation that God says, “No, Yes, Wait.” Sometimes that’s not enough. Heather tackles the last question of our 7 days of devotions in the Prayer Challenge: When will God answer my prayers?
When will God answer my prayers?
Jules – I’ve never been good at waiting, but motherhood is all about learning to wait well. Some moms wait years for adoptions, and others endure fertility treatments or seasons of hoping. Still others spend 40 weeks experiencing total body change that can’t be rushed. Receiving a child is only the beginning of a lifetime of waiting to come. You would think we would be great at waiting, but it’s easy to be anxious. When it comes to waiting for answers to prayer, how long is too long?
Heather — Seriously, why can’t God answer us in a text message? Instant and sweet.
We live in the day and age of “instant gratification.” The art of patience is hard taught and even harder to learn. Everything takes time and it drives me up the wall. But I’ve learned rather than push for things to happen or for instant answers, I’ve learned to wait on God. His timing is SO much better than mine.
Key Verse: “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7
Have you ever spent weeks—even years—praying about one specific thing and still found yourself wondering, When is God going to answer this prayer? If so, I know exactly how you feel.
Read the rest of the Let’s Talk Day 7 Prayer Challenge here, hosted by Heather.
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