Isaiah 64:4 – For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
Many Christians struggle with their prayer life for a variety of reasons. One reason centers on the fact that God often requires that we “wait” for the answer. In our society, the idea of waiting does not sit well with the average individual. As a result, we, who are tainted with that mentality, get disillusioned with prayer because nothing seems to be happening or worse, what we are praying for seems less likely to be obtained. We want answers and we want them right now. However, that isn’t how God works. All over the scriptures God commands His people to wait patiently as He works in ways often unseen by us. Unfortunately, sometimes Christians get discouraged and just give up on prayer. As a result, victories are not obtained that could have happened.
The Bible tells us that we will be blessed if we wait on the Lord to answer. Waiting, though difficult at times, is designed to test and strengthen our faith. The longer we wait, the great the faith needed to see the blessing at the end. Our text verse indicates we have yet to see all that God has for us and certainly that includes the prayers that He’ll answer. The Bible says in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” We can’t even begin to dream what God can do in answered prayer. To see those extra special blessings, we have to be willing to wait and persevere in prayer till the answer comes. Too often, we may have stopped too soon and missed God answering our prayers. God has promised to answer our prayers and if the answer hasn’t been obtained yet, just keep praying until the answer is known. God’s best blessings come to those who wait on Him. May God help us to embrace that truth as we seek answers to our prayers.