Have you ever had something so pressing on your mind and heart that all you knew to do was to pray and wait for God’s answer? I have too. It’s a tough place to be sometimes, but God loves when we come to Him with the little and big things on our heart. Whether it’s what to do next in life, what job to take or not to take, what church to go to, what relationship to pursue, what college to go to, what car to buy, what bible study to attend, whatever it is, God wants to hear from you so that He can begin working. Yes, God works in spite of us and our stubbornness, but He desires for us to talk to Him so that He can work through us. He wants to use you, friend. Are you willing?
What is the purpose of prayer? Ultimately, it is an important aspect of our relationship with Jesus. Just like you would with a close friend or spouse, you should talk to your Savior. Share with Him your thoughts. He is the only Friend who knows your worries ahead of time and yet still wants to listen and speak wisdom into your life. How beautiful is that. Prayer is a verb (an action). It is active. When you pray, God works in you. One of my favorite verse is Luke 11:9-10.
So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Ask. Seek. Knock. So many people say “I’m praying about _____” and they really don’t. Well, my question would be, “Do you really want that to happen? Because if you do, start praying. God will work.”
Prayer is so important, friends. Pray before you act. Ask the Lord about it. Seek Him and His Word. Is the Holy Spirit in it? Do you have the Lord’s peace in it? Those are a few vital questions to ask yourself before entering into anything.
The next thing after praying, is waiting. Oh what a hard thing to do. But it’s often so important to just be still mentally (sometimes physically) before the Lord, simply waiting on Him. Did you know that just because you pray doesn’t mean God answers right away? Yep. It’s a bummer sometimes but God knows what He’s doing. Waiting is a huge test of our patience and dependance on the Lord. Even if His answers is, in fact, yes for something. He may not tell you yes until later down the road. Same if the answer is no. He may not tell us immediately. Why not? Because He doesn’t want us to miss out on the immense growth that can happen in our hearts during times of prayer and waiting. It’s amazing how much patient prayer and waiting can produce in a person. And in the end, it’s such a beautiful testimony, no matter what God’s answer was.
So. Pray and wait, dear friend. Ask, seek, and knock. Don’t give up. Watch God work in and through you.
Pray. Wait. Repeat.