We have all been put on hold at one time or another when making a phone call. Customer Service inquiries are often answered by machines and automated messages. It can be quite frustrating to hear a previously recorded voice say, “Your call will be answered in the order it was received.” It’s only fair to wait for your turn, but in our instant everything society we sometimes lose patience in the waiting.
God hears our prayers right away. God doesn’t have a fancy phone system that puts us in a queue. He doesn’t have voice mail that He checks when He gets a minute. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait in line for our prayer requests to be heard or until someone else is finished telling theirs.
Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24
As soon as you began to pray, an answer is given… (Daniel 9:23)
Connecting our prayers to the promises of God gives us confidence. We can rest assured that God’s Word does not return empty; we don’t have to second-guess ourselves. There may be times when God or circumstances will prompt us to refine our prayer requests, but don’t get discouraged and abandon your prayer all together.
Once we have prayed, our Heavenly Father begins doing a work that may not be seen. Just like in a game of chess, pieces are being moved around and put into place to bring forth our promise. Relationships are being aligned, funds are being shifted, and hearts are being stirred.
Don’t be tempted to give up when you are waiting in prayer! God will not delay, His timing is perfect.
Dear Lord, I trust You with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding and in all my ways acknowledge You. I acknowledge that Your timing is perfect and that there is a time everything and a season that I may not be aware of. As I continue to lay ___________________________ at your feet, I pray that I would be filled with the full knowledge of Your will, discernment, and spiritual understanding where this is concerned...
For You and Your Child…
Make IOU coupons or download these FREE ones for your child, promising them special things like “This coupon entitle you to breakfast with Dad at a restaurant of your choice.” Or “This coupon entitle you to a Saturday matinee movie.” Other ides include: window-shopping with Mom, dessert first for dinner, or pass on chores. Explain to your child that you have a gift for them but it is not one that they can have right now, so you are giving them an I.O.U. That means you will give the gift to them later in the week. They will have to trust that you really will give them what you promised when the timing for each is more appropriate. Explain further that, in much the same way, God’s has gifts for us that are already ours, He’s just waiting for the best time to give them.
This post is Day 14 of the series 31 Days of Teaching my Kids About Prayer.