Are you waiting on God to get a prayer answered?
Actually, I’ve been waiting on God for most of my life.
Just as soon as one problem gets solved–bam–another one rears its ugly head the very next week…only to find I am waiting on God AGAIN.
Isn’t that the way most of us live our lives? We get stuck in the “wait” mode. Waiting to grow up, graduate, get a job, find a husband, have a baby…retirement.
Sounds monotonous. There has got to be more to life than this.
But wait…there is more (no pun intended).
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Could it be that we can do something while we are 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 because you learn what God is trying to teach you in the first place.
5 Powerful Things to Do While Waiting on God
So what does the word “wait” actually mean? According to Webster’s Dictionary, it is “a state or attitude of watchfulness and expectancy.” It also means “to serve”–just like a waiter waits or serves at a restaurant.
Amazingly, the definition of the word “wait” gives us a clue on how to handle this excess of time we have been given until our problems are solved. In fact, we have the opportunity to actively wait on God by doing these 5 things. Check it out!
1. Trust while 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 nuts.
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.
Every day Satan whispers negative thoughts into your ear like, “God has forgotten you” or “God doesn’t care about your problems.” Maybe 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.
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2. Pursue your faith while 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 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 really will 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.
3. Serve others while 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, a job, changing dirty diapers, 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.
4. Be watchful and expectant while 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 in that He sees the whole picture.
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 (NIV) In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
5. Be grateful while 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 (NIV) “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” – 1
What Are the Benefits of Waiting On God?
Frankly, I am not a fan of 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.
Don’t discount your “time out” because it is where all the good stuff happens. We grow closer to God, real change happens, and we reflect our Savior more in the end. More importantly, it pleases God when we have faith.
Clearly, we need these profound times of waiting 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.
What are the things you do when waiting on God?
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