Have you ever felt like waiting on God to answer your prayers was taking too long for you? Maybe there’s an answer you need right away, and all you can hear is a cricket noise from Heaven.
I can definitely relate. There have been many times I have waited on God to answer my prayers. Some prayers I’m still waiting for, and others I have seen finally answered in unbelievable ways.
There is a right way to wait and there’s a wrong way to waiting on God. There were many years that I was waiting all wrong.
The Wrong Way
Did you know that there’s a wrong way to wait on your unanswered prayers? I didn’t know there was until recently. It’s called waiting passively.
Waiting passively means that all you are doing is hoping that God will answer your prayers and that it will be in the time frame that you desire, and then just sitting around not doing anything.
When you don’t see something happening in the time that you want, you get frustrated with God and stop asking for that specific thing you need.
I was the passive waiter for many years. All I would do was just hope and hope that God would answer my prayers, only to get tired of hoping and waiting.
Have you ever been the passive waiter?
There have been many, many prayers that I have asked God for over the years that I have been waiting for. Often times I would lose hope because God wasn’t answering me in a timely manner.
You know what would happen to me? My relationship with God would start to falter. I’d find myself feeling far away from Him.
My prayer life would suffer. It’s very tempting to get more lacks in praying.
After a while it started to get really hard to ask, because I wondered if God was even listening.
It’s tiresome to just keep hoping that something you want will come true. It’s almost like you’re one of those fairytale characters just wishing on the north star.
I came to the conclusion that God is not the north star that I need to be wishing on. I didn’t want to just sit around like it’s a waiting game.
So how do we wait the right way?
Waiting On God The Right Way
You’re tired of waiting for prayers answered, so here’s the right way – wait expectantly.
James 1:6-7 says, “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” (NIV).
Micah 7:7 says, “But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation My God will hear me.” (NASB).
Waiting on God to answer your prayers expectantly means that you are using all of your faith in knowing that God will answer your prayers.
You expect Him to answer and know that He will give you what you want and need in His own perfect time…when you’re ready.
That’s the key to waited prayers. Sometimes what you’re asking of Him, you are SO not ready for. He knows what’s best for you and His timing is perfect.
Don’t let waiting paralyze your faith. Keep praying, keep seeking, keep finding.
Keep Your Faith
The problem with so many people is that they lose their faith too quickly. This is the secret ingredient to the expectant prayer.
Keep your faith.
When we’re waiting on God to answer the request we have brought to Him, we need to be knowing every day that He is faithful to us and He always has our best interest at heart.
Rejoice in who He is and what He can do. Rejoice in what He is already doing in your life.
When you wait expectantly, keep praising His name and rejoicing in what He will do in your life.
He’s the Creator of the Universe and He deserves our continual praise – whether we get an answer from Him right away or not.
Stay In The Word
When you’re waiting on Him to answer your prayers, stay focused on reading your Bible everyday.
How does God communicate with us?
- Other Believers
- Visions and Dreams
- Through His still, small voice
And these are just a few ways that He chooses to speak to us.
When we’re expectantly waiting for His answers, we need to be utilizing every way that He speaks through.
Have you ever read a certain passage of scripture many times before, only the next time you read it, it seems to change and relate to what you’re currently going through?
That’s God speaking to you through His word. It’s difficult to make time for the Bible when you have littles underfoot, but it’s so important for not only your well-being but in knowing your prayer is being answered.
When you stay close to God, you get to know Him better and better. You start to understand where He might be coming from and how He speaks to you specifically.
Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.” (NASB).
Always have the Bible as your foundation for waiting on God expectantly.
After realizing how my relationship with God was being affected, I stopped letting the waiting game paralyze my faith in God. I started to have so many conversations with Him about how I felt and why waiting was unfair.
When “Hope” Waiting Turns Into “Faith” Waiting
Don’t worry, God can taking my ranting…He’s not offended. He’s got thick skin.
After sharing with Him how I felt, He brought me back to a place where I got back into His Word. I started putting my faith back in Him and trusting that He has the very best possible outcome.
Now I will tell you, I am still waiting on many prayers to be answered that I started asking years ago.
But the difference between what my waiting was like then compared to now: My faith has grown exponentially!
I’m no longer worrying if my prayers will be answered. God has shown me that, as my relationship with Him has grown, my understanding of His reasoning has grown as well.
I’m realizing that my prayers will be answered one day. I have faith now in knowing God will answer them. I’m just not ready for them to be answered yet.
Perhaps there’s something still that I need to change about my own heart before God can bless me with what I ask.
After all, He deserves all of the glory and praise for what He gives us. If my heart wasn’t ready to accept this wonderful thing that I desire, I wouldn’t give Him full praise when He gives it to me.
Understand God’s answers and that everything He does is for your good.
Yes, no or wait.
Obviously, He hasn’t said yes or no right away. He wants you to wait for a specific reason and purpose.
Maybe He’s trying to mold something inside of you or strengthen you for something that is coming up.
Either way, trust God with your prayers and be willing to wait on Him – expectantly and faithfully.