The Forty: Day Twenty
How many times through your prayers have you become frustrated with God, wondering where your answer is, but in hindsight become thankful for God’s slow timing? Sometimes God’s answer is not yet, and we must wait for His timing. Often we pray because we want something, and we want it instantly.
When Jesus taught the disciples about prayer, He taught them to value repetition and the process. Jesus tells the disciples to keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking. Jesus gives us some of the most refreshing news we could ever ask for when He tells us “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” (Luke 11:13). God hears and responds to our prayers which is great news for you and I!
Prayer is not just requesting things of God like He is some sort of genie in a bottle. We must view prayer from the perspective that our prayers are a dialogue with God. When we pray to God it should be about praising Him for who He is, for what He has done in our lives, and what He will do in the future. It should be about praying for those in our lives who are fighting battles, whether we know about them or not. You probably have some people in your life who are fighting battles right now and are afraid to open up about them; cover them in your prayers.
Don’t become weary when you pray for things and it seems like the answers are slow to come. Remember, His timing is perfect. Jesus knew the anticipation and the wait would bother us. That’s why He tells us to keep on praying no matter what. Let this intimate example between Jesus and his disciples encourage you this week not to give up when you pray, but to continue to:
Contributed by Steve Billingsley