I recently prayed with a new friend, heartbroken over the prayer request we were lifting up. During the prayer, I gave God wiggle room to not answer the prayer request. “Even if not, Lord, You are good.”
After the prayer, this woman gently rebuked me. “Don’t stop believing that God can answer this prayer. He can and He will.” I did not know how to react to that. It was tempting to be offended at being rebuked, although I uncharacteristically dismissed this feeling quickly. To tell you the truth, I believe He can answer my prayer. I don’t know if He will answer it the way I want, even though I believe it will glorify Him. And in the meantime, I wait. It’s hard, waiting. I want to wait without worry, I want to wait without this great burden. I want to wait without doubt. I want to be waiting well for Him to answer this prayer.
In the meantime, I wait with these verses. For waiting without worry, I look to Matthew 6:33 NASB. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
For waiting without this great burden, I look to Matthew 11:28-30 ESV. ““Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
For waiting without doubt, I look to Matthew 21:21-22 NIV. “Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Waiting is its own struggle, its own trial, and I won’t get an A+ at waiting. But that’s OK. I will let God do the work on shaping me more into what He wants me to be during it.
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