Are you waiting patiently on God to get a prayer answered?
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 “wait” mode. 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.
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 manner: with 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.
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).
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.
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).
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).
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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