Waiting for His Answer

Waiting for His answer - Karina's Thought

There is an old story of faithful mother who had been praying for 28 years for her son to come to faith in Christ. Year after year her son was rebellious. He abused drugs, was in and out of jail, and showed no sign of ever knowing Christ. The days and years dragged on with absolutely no indication that there was anything different in the man’s life. Then one day, 28 years after his mother first prayed for him, this man, and this man came to saving faith in Christ. Today this man, Terry Williams, uses his testimony to help other prison inmates find their way to a relationship with the only one who can save:  Jesus Christ! What if this mother had given up? What if she decided it was not important enough to keep praying each and every day? What a difference this mother made in hear steadfast prayer due to her undying love for her son. Today her son is making an external difference for other in prison. This was all due to prayer, even though she had to wait.

This story shows how persistent a mother praying for her son. Not just persistence in prayer but also illustrates patience in waiting the answer from God. This evening I would like to talk about waiting for God’s answer of our prayer. This is often becomes a problem when we pray and waiting for the answer from God.  When we talk about waiting for God’s answer it mean we talk about God’s timing. When we talk about God’s timing, we will be faced by something which is seemingly not clear and uncertain, will make us impatient, raised doubts in our heart, and finally we will draw conclusion that God not hear and answer our prayer.

Actually, God expect us to wait patiently on his perfect timing. Let we dive into the some scriptures in the Bible. Let we see what they said. First, we look in Hebrews 10:36, “For you has need of patience, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise” This verse clearly said that if we have to patient and doing God’s will we will receive His promise.  Next, let’s take a look to Psalm 37.  This chapter is a great Psalm to read when we are seeking the desires of our heart with realization that it may take some time.

“Rest before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not worry when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes” (Verse 7)

“I was young and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread” (Verse 25)

“Wait for the Lord and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you will see it” (Verse 34)

Sometimes the desires of our heart need time. They do not happen overnight.  We tend to treat God like a vending machine when once we insert the coin, choose what we desire, and then we can got what we want very soon.  God is most often at work when He appears to be the most silent. Let’s take a look for awhile to the book of Daniel. Even though Daniel had to wait for 24 days before his prayer was answered, God had actually answered his prayer that very day that he prayed. Don’t think that since God does not immediately reveal to us His answer, that He has not answered it and has not answered it right way. Daniel had his prayer answered the very same day of his request but it took time for God’s sovereign timing for it to reach him and it did at exactly the right time, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.” (Daniel 10:12)

My dear readers, maybe this time we’re struggling with severe problems and had been praying for so long but there is no answer from God and we begin to falter. Based on many story in the Bible and based on a bit my experience, this evening I encourage all of us  to remember one thing that God actually hear any prayers we say even He already knows what we are going to pray before we pray. Every prayer with strong faith, humility, with a pure heart, according to His will and not oppose with God’s commandments will answered by God and whatever His answer, it is the best for us. Like the story of mother above, we just need persistence and patience. Remember our timetable is not God’s timetable. God will answer our prayer in His time.

How long? Three weeks like Daniel? More than two years as I pray for my fiancé to open his heart to receive God as his personal savior? 25 years like Abraham waited to have a child? Or 28 years like that mother?   We just don’t know. What we know is only continue to persevere and be patient, always rely on the God’s power and wisdom. Keep faith and do not waver. Truly understand God’s will and purpose. Always live in the Divine righteousness. Submit all control of our lives to God through the Holy Spirit and His Word.  The answer of a prayer is a mystery that only God knows when that prayer would be answered. We do not have the ability to unveil the secrets of the Divine. We just know that:” He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Amen.

Karina – Living by Faith

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41 thoughts on “Waiting for His Answer

  1. As endearing as this story is, some people don’t fancy being part of a religion. It’s a nice gesture, but if someone wants to join a religion, they will do so of their own volition and for their own reasons. Otherwise it’s best to let people be, and accept them as they are.

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  2. Karina, this spoke directly into my heart, as I have been waiting a long time for a prodigal loved one to come back home to Christ. God is able. I am not giving up. Yesterday, I posted something God gave me about this waiting. ‘Every day we wait on God’s promises brings us one day closer to their fulfillment.’ Blessings and so glad to have you post again.
    http://heavenlyrainimages.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/quotables-waiting-on-gods-promises/

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    • Sis, good morning.
      I just read your post. Great quotable 🙂 really love it. May I take and put it to my post? Well, thank you God finally I have around 1 hour to writing today. Thank you, sis. Send me regards to your mom. Blessings on your day.

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  3. Karina, powerful and inspiring words! I have some family members I have been praying for to come to know the Lord for years and this was a beautiful reminder for me to persevere and trust in God’s timing. Thanks for the encouraging words today!

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  4. Karin, this is very moving. Prayers do wonders indeed especially if we have contrite hearts. God never answers no. It is either yes, not now or I have better.. (^^.o)Take care

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  5. Amen Karina! That scripture from Daniel is one of my favorites 😉 It shows how personal our requests are to God!

    I pray we remain focused on Him as we await patiently for the manifestation of answered prayers 😉

    Blessings my sister 😉
    JC

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  6. Waiting is the easy thing to say but hard to do. Anything can happen when we wait. And how the response of our hearts, will determine the result. But thank God for the grace that will help us through it all. Thank you for sharing and reminding us to be strong in the waiting time. Jesus bless you 🙂

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  7. Immediately thought of this scripture. When you sow the seed of God – and pray, as you children grow and move out of the home, you have to trust in God. He will make sure they return – it is just sometimes, His time is not our time. Just know that He is making that crooked path straight no matter how bad it looks to the natural eye.

    Proverbs 22:6

    King James Version (KJV)

    6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

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  8. This is so encouraging Karina. Waiting is part of the molding process God often takes us through… it’s not an easy one to be in but it surely is one that builds our character in ways it wouldn’t have been built without the waiting. Be blessed!

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  9. Karina, thank you for sharing this and reminding us all of God’s love for us and that he does hear and answer each of our prayers. They are always answered in His time and in our best interests. thank you

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  10. Truly a great lesson here my friend. It is one that we all can learn from when we understand the meaning of these two very important words you have used here in this story, and they are patience and wait. Both have very deep meaning when we comprehend how they are used to change our lives and circumstances that effect our lives. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. May God continue to use you in a very powerful way to bless, encourage and inspire the lives of others as you travel through this journey.

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    • Dear Pastor Davis.
      You are welcome. And thank you so much for reading my post, also your kind comment. I really appreciate it. May God use every believer to spreading God’s love and encourage each other 🙂 thank you so much. Blessings.

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    • Hi sis.
      What a timely. I just thinking of you and want to send you email 🙂 thank you so much for your kind words. Yes it’s very hard to waiting but we all know that God gives us strength to waiting His answer. By the way how are you. I send you email now. Blessing on your day.

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  11. God’s time is perfect and beautiful! Thank you for sharing this message so eloquently in the Spirit, it can only be God! May the power of the Holy Spirit continue to increase on you life. God bless you!!:)

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  12. very good message and lesson. I like how you used Daniel – he is a good example! Just because God doesn’t show up like in a hollywood movie when we pray…doesn’t mean he isn’t listening…he still expects us to have enough faith to trust him and his answers…no matter how long they may take! Thanks for sharing and God bless!

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  13. I happened on to your blog and am glad I did. I look forward to hearing more from you in 2014. prayer IS a powerful thing, but we also must allow people their agency to choose for themselves. Putting our hopes and fears into God’s hands, letting go and saying, “but Thy will be done” brings peace and comfort.

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  14. This is a good post and so very true! We do need to be persistent in prayer but also patient in waiting for the answer. God’s timing is perfect and He knows when to grant our prayers, even if they come in some way which we were not expecting.

    And sometimes He is working on things when He seems so quiet. It is true what you were saying above: “God is most often at work when He appears to be the most silent.” A faithful prayer from a righteous person is a very powerful thing! We must believe in that fact…

    Thanks for sharing this, sis!

    Steve 🙂

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    • Hello brother,
      Thank you very much for your insightful response. Talk about waiting for God’s answer is talk about our faith. How big our faith that we truly trust that God will answer our prayers whatever the answer is 🙂 once again thank you for your worthly response to ponder. Have a blessed evening.

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      • Hi again sis! Always good to hear from you. Yes, we will do better when we learn to wait on God and His answers. It’s harder for some than for others to do.

        But sometimes, the wait helps to develop patience in those of us who need more of it!

        Enjoy your weekend, and sorry it’s taking me so long to reply. Just have Dr. visits and things for that fall I took. Guess it my way of asking for more…patience too!

        🙂

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