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5 Powerful Things to Do While Patiently Waiting on God

Are you waiting patiently on God to get a prayer answered?

I am.

Well, maybe not patiently waiting…More like forced to wait. 

Isn’t that the way most of us live our lives? We get stuck in the “waitmode. Waiting to grow up, waiting to graduate, get a job, find a spouse, waiting to have a baby…retirement. 

Sounds monotonous. There has got to be more to life than just waiting. 

But wait…there is more (pun intended).

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Could it be that we can do something while we are patiently waiting on God?

Instead of complaining, throwing fits. stewing, or running away from God, consider changing your attitude about the process.

In fact, it may just shorten the time you wait if you decide to stop and learn what God is trying to teach you in the first place. The process of waiting is just as important as what you are waiting for.

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Does Waiting on God Mean Doing Nothing?

Waiting on God sounds like you just sit and do nothing. On the contrary, “wait” means “a state or attitude of watchfulness and expectancy” according to Webster’s Dictionary.

It also means “to serve”–just like a waiter waits or serves at a restaurant.

Webster defines patiently as” in a patient mannerwith calmness or without complaint or hurry in spite of delays, difficulties, tedium, etc.”

If you put it all together, you get this: calmly serving and watching without complaint despite difficulties and delays. 

Truthfully, the “without complaint despite difficulties” got me.”

To answer the question about waiting…there is plenty to do while patiently waiting on God.

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What to Do When You Are Patiently Waiting on God?

If you are in the midst of a difficult season of life (aren’t we all at some point), you have been given the opportunity to calmly serve God without complaint despite difficulties or delays.

Truthfully, that sounds like a root canal. Am I right?

Nevertheless, if you are patiently waiting on God  (or not), these five things might help you kill the time:

1. Trust while patiently waiting on God

Somedays I say the words, “I trust you, God, I trust you, God, I trust you, God” over and over again until I believe it. It sounds a little strange, so I try to do it under my breath…as people may think I’ve gone crazy in my waiting. 

Also, I find a verse or two to ruminate on until it becomes a part of my new thinking.

Waiting on God is a mind game. It’s finding a confident peace in our mind with a humble heart knowing we are not in control. And being okay with that. 

Every day Satan whispers negative thoughts into our ear like, “God has forgotten you” or “God doesn’t care about your problems.” Perhaps you have heard this one, “God doesn’t love you. Just give up.”

Don’t believe it. It is a lie! Trust that He is working behind the scenes even if you can’t see it. 

Fight back with truth using scripture or biblical mantras.

Keep repeating the words over and over. It will remind you to trust God with your life and those you love even if you have to wait a long time for Him to answer your prayers.

Choose to place your hope in the Lord no matter what.

Micah 7:7 says, “But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me” (NIV).

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2. Pursue your faith while patiently waiting on God

Pursue God even if it seems like you have been waiting FOREEEEVERRR.

It is easy to become angry and bitter when you are patiently waiting on God.

You may even run from Him because you think He has left you. News flash: You need God now more than ever. Don’t run or you will really be alone. 

Instead of running, try fellowship and prayer with God.

Worship Him despite your circumstances. Believe God is good despite what you see.

Choose to run to God no matter what is happening or how long it takes Him to answer.

In fact, this is an opportunity to enter into His presence like never before. God draws us to Him when we go through trials.

It is how we grow.

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3. Serve others while patiently waiting on God

God assigns us the most common and mundane tasks to do while we are waiting on Him to answer our prayers.

Just like a waiter waits on others, God may be calling you to wait on His people.

Don’t despise washing dishes, laundry, cleaning, changing dirty diapers, a job, or serving your community.

Furthermore, God may not allow you to move forward with the next assignment until you do this one with a good attitude.

God has a way of giving you the same test over and over until you pass it. Think time loop from the movie Groundhog Day or “Wax on, wax off” from the movie The Karate Kid.

Both movies emphasize repetition until it is done right.

Remember that God gives us simple tasks now to prepare us for something bigger later. There is a purpose. It requires a patient trust. 

Luke 16:10 says, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities” (NLT).

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4. Be watchful and expectant while patiently waiting on God

Wait with watchfulness and expectancy for an answer from God.

Fair warning here–He answers prayers in amazing ways but rarely does He answer them exactly the way you imagine.

Trust His ways are better because He sees the whole picture. Duh!

Speaking from experience, big problems seem to take more time to get answered. There are strongholds that require lots of prayers, fasting, and waiting. 

Be watchful and expectant for God to answer the way He chooses. And trust that sometimes a “No” is best even if you don’t understand.

Psalm 5:3 says, “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly” (NIV).

5. Be grateful while patiently waiting on God

Be grateful for what God has already given you.

Many times we become hyper-focused on one issue that we forget to look around and see what God has already done in our lives.

When I start to lose hope, I remember what God has given me. I acknowledge the wonderful blessings of my family, friends, food, home, etc. I remember His faithfulness.

You can do the same thing.

What blessings do you have? Write them down. Focus on these things instead of your problem.

“Thessalonians 5:16–18 says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”(NIV).

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What Does the Bible Say About Waiting on God’s Timing?

Frankly, I am not a fan of patiently waiting on God, but it seems to be a reoccurring theme in the Christian life. In fact, I think it’s time we consider doing it right because there are many benefits at the end of the trial.

It’s knowing that whatever we are waiting for is worth the wait.

The Bible says, “Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary” (Is. 40:31 NAS).

Don’t be weary while you wait for the Loes because it is where all the good stuff happens. You will grow closer to God, get stronger, have endurance, and reflect the Savior more in the end. More importantly, it pleases God when you have faith.

Clearly, we all need these profound times of patiently waiting on God to grow us toward spiritual maturity. There is no other way to develop character that reflects Jesus. Embrace the wait and learn everything you can so you don’t have to take the test again.

Perhaps God is waiting on you to make a decision, to trust and wait on Him. Will you?

What do you do when patiently waiting on God? Comment below. 


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22 thoughts on “5 Powerful Things to Do While Patiently Waiting on God”

  1. Please pray for me. I believe God has given me a second, third, and fourth chance. I believe he is here but I haven’t heard from him recently. I am constantly bombarded by thoughts by the devil telling me that I can’t be saved and that I’m going to die and go to hell. I want to do in God’s name. I want to do the will of God. I want to do in the name of my lord and savior Jesus Christ. I believe in him and want to serve him. I want him to take my heart and soul and transform it.

    1. Jon, anyone can be saved. No matter what you have done. The Bible says that if you ask Him into your heart to be Lord of your life and repent of your sins, you will be saved. Real repentance means a life change. Transformation. Brokeness. A heart change to no longer do what the world says, but what God says. It is a process of giving over your sinful nature to him. You may need help if you are struggling with addictions. There are times when you need to ask for accountability as well as counseling to rewire your thinking. God loves you and he wants to live free. I pray you will move forward with this!

  2. Gemma Galoa Perez

    Hi! Thank you for inspiring me and helping ☺️ me make my faith in God stronger -strongest and to put my Trust in Him whatever the circumstances that come my way

    1. Gemma, thank you for your comments. It is hard to patiently wait on God. Most of the time, he moves slowly. We may not even see his hand but things are happening. In fact, he does his best work in the waiting.

  3. I thank God for what he has done for me . God has reviewed good things to me. Pray for me please so that I know how to wait for him.

    1. Patson, I pray right now that God would give you the strength to wait on Him. It takes time to change hearts and move on people to do the right thing. In the meantime, keep faithful to His word. Keep working and praying.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to reply. I appreciate your encouragement. Lately, I have been struggling with waiting patiently for God to move. I reread this and it reminded me of His truth despite the circumstances. Take care.

  4. All of these comments and suggestions have definitely helped remind me to stay grateful, strong, and faithful while waiting. I believe god has plans for each and everyone of us and that’s why I will continue to pray and trust in him to hear my prayers.

    1. Ashley, I have to remind myself of these truths when I get discouraged. Patiently waiting on God takes real strength to trust Him, especially when it looks grim. Thanks for commenting!

    1. Kristin, worship music is the best. It definitely helps me when I am patiently waiting on God to do something! Ok, so I still struggle with the patience part, but, nonetheless, it helps. Thanks for your comment.

  5. I’ve definitely been pushing in to being expectant. I know He’s everywhere, He uses everything and I’m expectant of Him as I wait. My journalling and record keeping has really picked up due to this, I know an answer will come, I expect it. With the Lord, the wait is always worth it I reckon xx

    1. Chrissie, I am so glad you are learning to be expectant. Truthfully, I wrote this post because I am learning the same thing. It is hard to believe and trust God with our problems when they don’t look possible in the natural. Thanks for your comment.

    1. Lisa, I am really working on gratitude instead of obsessing on that one thing that I want God to do. Waiting on God is just plain hard, but He uses it for His good. Thanks for your comment.

    1. Gillian, I just read it and it is so much of what I just went through with my daughter who had a concussion. Satan really tried his best to attack us while we are isolated at home and waiting for healing. Thank goodness we are through the rough parts. Waiting on God to move has been hard but a good lesson in trust.

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