“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIV
We may know this, but waiting is hard! Perhaps it’s even harder in this world of faster computers, smart phones, online shopping, the list goes on. Max Lucado in his book You’ll Get Through This says, “To wait, biblically speaking, is not to assume the worst, worry, fret, make demands, or take control. Nor is waiting inactivity. Waiting is a sustained effort to stay focused on God through prayer and belief. To wait is to ‘rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; …not fret’ (Psalm 37:7).” We are supposed to bring our needs to the Lord. But when we keep praying for the same things, it may seem that God is not listening and, if He is, that we may be badgering Him. It clearly would just be so much easier if when we pray to our God in earnest and about our deepest needs, that our prayers be answered so we can move forward with our lives.
Rick Warren, in Pastor Rick’s Daily Hope online on December 2, 2016, brings up some interesting points about this when he says, “When you pray a prayer request over and over, it’s not to remind God. He doesn’t need to be reminded! It’s to remind yourself who the source of your answer and all your needs is. If every prayer you ever prayed were instantly answered, two things would be true. First, prayer would become a weapon of destruction in your life. And, you’d never think about God, because he would become a vending machine. If every time you prayed you instantly got results, all you’d think about is the blessing. God wants you to think about the Blesser.”
Perhaps the point is that our focus needs to be on our relationship with God. We come to Him because we need Him. We knows He loves us and wants the best for us. We need to trust that He hears and cares and will answer our prayers from His grand vantage point. He is all knowing and all seeing; it is best to have faith in His will more than our own. After taking our prayers to our Lord, we need to let his love carry us forward to do what we can do and to listen ceaselessly for His divine direction.