Father, I need healing. My husband needs me, my children needs me, ugh I need me. It’s so hard to function daily in this sickness. I have no strength, I have no energy, I am broken. Please Father, send your healing hand to me. Make me whole. In Jesus Name Amen.
“I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait. And in His word do I hope.” – Psalm 33:20
When going through Postpartum Depression, I prayed many prayers such as this one above. I wanted to be healed right then and there. Now. Instantly. That minute. That day. Like many people Jesus had healed in the bible. Yet, that is not how God saw fit to heal me. He healed me gradually. Day by day, Moment by Moment, Prayer by Prayer. Can you relate? Have you ever had to wait on God? Praying for days, weeks, months and even years about the same thing: your prodigal daughter, that sickness, financial relief, your marriage, depression, leadership, that loved ones addiction and still no answer? He sends us a glimpse of hope in His word or through someone elses testimony, but yet no definite answer to our prayer. After a while, hope can be lost, frustration can arise and fear can set in. I know because I’ve been there. So after many prayers and tears and more prayers again…what does God require us to do? To wait.
“The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayers of the righteous.” – Proverbs 15:29
After praying, if you’re anything like me, after a few days has passed and nothing has happened, you’re wondering did He receive your prayer? Did you say it loud enough or say it the right way? Did He forget? I must admit one of my favorite features of the iphone is the delivered and received notification. For those of you not familiar with iphone, when you send a text message to another iphone (apple) user it lets you know that your message has been successfully delivered and even the time they received it. Wouldn’t that be great if God was an iPhone user :). The great thing about prayer is, although we would like to receive a successful delivery notification we don’t need it, because His word says that He hears our prayers. His word is our reassurance that He has received it. We just have to be patient. We wait.
We rejoice in our sufferings. Knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character and character produces hope.” – Romans 5:3-4
So what is God doing, while we our waiting? He is molding us, pruning us and building our character. Reminding us to trust Him only and that He is sovereign. Unfortunately, we live in a world where instant gratification is just that…Instant. We really don’t have to wait too long for much. We can get just about anything we desire by going online making a few clicks and in a matter of a few seconds, a few moments or just a few days, we have what we want. Perhaps God is reminding us that He is in ultimate control (we often need that reminder). We should be more concerned about what we are doing while we are waiting. Are we pressing into His word? Receiving wise counsel? Are we spending time alone with Him? Or are we worrying, fretting and being anxious? We need to… Wait in confidence knowing that He has heard our prayers (I John 5:14-15). Wait in faith knowing that He will answer (Mark 11:24). And wait in love, knowing that He has us in His best interest (Rom 8:28).
Ladies After Wisdom, are you beginning to lose hope in prayer? You want to give up? Take heart, this isn’t the first time you have gone to God in prayer concerning something. And by God’s grace, it won’t be the last. Think of past times when He came through for you. Think of all those many answered prayers. See, isn’t He is faithful? He is the same God. Yesterday, Today and Forever (Hebrews 13:8). And that same God that came through for you then, will come through for you again. No matter what it is that you are seeking God for; a new career, healing, restoration for your marriage, patiently wait. Keep moving in faith and wait on His answer and His Direction. Yet, ask yourself honestly, if God answered your prayer right now, this moment and fixed that thing that troubles your heart…would you still be so diligent in seeking Him. Often times, its our pain and struggles that keeps us on our knees in prayer. As Max Lucado says, “Your suffering is in your sermon”.
L.A.W., ensure your prayers are in God’s will, also ask yourself what may God be requiring from you? He may not listen to our prayers due to unconfessed sin, you may say you have no sin, yet search your heart, make sure you have no unforgiveness, envy or malice that lies there (Psalm 66:18). If you do have sin there, confess it, repent and turn away from those ways. Seek God for direction, obtain wise counsel and continue to pray. L.A.W., I love you. All is well 🙂
Read: James 5:14-16, I Thessalonians 5:15
Affirmation: I will be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer (Rom 12:12)
Prayer: Lord, its me again. Thank you for Your kindness towards me. Thank You for loving me. You are perfect. Father, You know what troubles my heart and I have laid many prayer requests at your feet concerning ____________. I believe that You have heard me and that You will answer my prayers in Your timing. While I wait Lord, I trust what You are doing. I freely open my heart for You to mold and prune. I ask that you forgive me for any sin Father, knowingly and unknowingly. Reveal to me any sin that I need to confess and walk away from. I pray this…
In Jesus Name, Amen.