P.R.A.Y.E.R. – Rest in the Waiting


Sometimes our prayers can take years.

Why doesn’t God just hurry up? 

It took 13 grueling years to pray my son out of a drug addiction. Although some prayers have been quicker, it seems most of them take the long road. I’m praying for some other things now that are not being answered in my time table. I’m sure you are, too. It can be tough to keep praying when we don’t see results right away, especially in this instant society we live in.

Did you know our average attention span is now only eight seconds, one second less than a goldfish? (statisticbrain.com) Only half of 100 words will be read on a web page. (O-oh, I’m doomed.) Yup, and we won’t wait more than a couple of seconds for a video to load.

Ever yelled at your computer? (Guilty.) How about the person in the car in front of you? (Guilty.) A red light? (Guilty again.) We are impatient with things beyond our control, as if we could control them.

We’re so impatient we’re even willing to pay extra to not have to wait. Retailers capitalize on this and offer same-day delivery. Disney offers a pass so Mickey fans don’t have to wait in lines. Money seems to be no object when it comes to our time.

Could this impatience be affecting our faith and trust in God?
How do you think this need for instant gratification affects our prayer life?
We’ve made it to the last letter of an acrostic for P.R.A.Y.E.R. we’ve been discussing over the last few weeks (see previous blogs). This R is for REST in the waiting.

One of Webster’s definitions of rest is peace of mind or spirit.

How peaceful are you while you wait for your prayers to be answered?

It may seem like God often takes a long time to answer our prayers, but consider the following verses:

…your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Matthew 6:8  
I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! Isaiah 65:24
When they call on me, I will answer. Psalm 92:15
As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength. Psalm 138:3

These verses tell us God knows our needs and that the moment we pray, He begins answering, setting in motion what must take place step by step. Sometimes those steps can take days or weeks or even years to fulfill. He patiently waits for each piece of the puzzle to fit exactly right. And not one will be missing when He is finished.


Have you ever interpreted His “wait” to be a “no” and stopped praying?

Luckily, God is never in a hurry. He sees the end from the beginning and knows exactly what needs to be done and when. And our spiritual well-being is far too important for Him to grant anything before it’s time. 

So get back in the game.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
Pray proactively. Pray diligently. Pray patiently and unceasingly. Then you will pray victoriously.

His peace will guard your heart no matter how long you have to wait (Philippians 4:6-7). And as you wait on God, your strength will be renewed like the eagles (Isaiah 40:31).

To rest is to trust. When we trust, we have peace. When we have peace, we are more patient. When we are patient, we can rest. All because we trusted. 

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
 Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
Psalm 62:5-8 NIV

(Now, pat yourself on the back for having the attention span to get through this blog.)

This blog is a sample of a six-week Bible study I have been writing called Pursuing God in P.R.A.Y.E.R. – Six Steps to Prevailing Prayer. I would love to share the first week with you free and keep you posted of publication. Just send me an email at lifecoachpenny@yahoo.com and mention the code FREE1st.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I pray it’s been a blessing to you, and I’m praying for each person who reads it to have a more fruitful, prevailing prayer life.