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I waited and waited and waited some more, patiently, knowing God would come through for me. Then, at last, he bent down and listened to my cry. (Psalm 40:1 TPT)
Do you find it challenging to be patient and wait for the Lord to answer your prayers? I confess, sometimes waiting is hard for me. I’m a “get it done” kind of girl, so the more desperate my need, the less patience I have to wait. But, I’m learning, doing God’s will often requires waiting patiently.
How to wait well
When God’s timing to respond doesn’t match my expectations, Psalm 40 is one of my “go-to” places for strength. Here David relies on historical precedent of God’s faithfulness in his life to endure an extended season of waiting. Like an attorney presenting facts to a judge or jury, David’s prayer for help details God’s mercy in the past:
“He stooped down to lift me out of danger from the desolate pit I was in, out of the muddy mess I had fallen into. Now he’s lifted me up into a firm, secure place and steadied me while I walk along his ascending path.” (Psalm 40:2 TPT)
I love that God didn’t wait for David to get his emotions in check before rescuing him. No, it was David’s quiet confidence that compelled God to meet him where he was. Despite being helpless, David was never hopeless because he knew His heavenly Father would eventually come to his rescue!
As with David, unshakable trust in God is the gateway to answered prayer, and such trust takes time. That’s the reason I recommend keeping a written record of your time with God.
Although I became a Christian in middle school, I didn’t understand the concept of having a personal relationship with Jesus. But, everything changed 8 years ago when I started spending time with God and His Word every morning. As I journaled about my journey with Jesus, a pattern of His loving-kindness and visible presence soon emerge
To date, I have 30+ journals filled with answered prayers and unexpected blessings that would have gone unnoticed had I not been keeping a written record. Trust me nothing, but the Bible can compare to the spiritual awakening that occurs when we have tangible evidence of the Lord’s presence in our lives.
Sending love, peace, and prayers to all!