Don’t try to answer your own prayer… (Part 1)

Dear Saints of the Living God… Grace and Mercy to you and your family.   There was a time, when David was under severe attack from the enemies, especially from Saul, and the Lord delivered him from their hands, he sang this song,

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,     my shieldand the hornof my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior”

As we start this beautiful week, I want to Praise the Lord for, who He is in our life.   This last couple of weeks has been filled with much of action packed… but there is a common thread in all those events is that the Lord has never failed the people that relied on Him, and no matter whether they believed in Him or His providence, He was showing His grace and protection over all of them. As the psalmist says, I want to sing the wonders of His work and His majesty.   He is our rock, He is our fortress, He is our shield, He is the horn our salvation, He is our stronghold, He is our refuge and He is our deliverer.  

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With that said, let us jump into the meditation on “waiting on the Lord”.
 

Let us look at the verse from the book of Micah 7:7, it says,
“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
I wait for God my Savior;
my God will hear me”

 

Recently, I have become a huge fan of this verse, you know why?   The people around you may not understand, or they might even slander you, But…. “As for me, I watch in hope for the Lord”; this verses spoke volumes into my life.   I am not worried about anything or anyone – I am going to wait for God, my Savior.   When I get on my knees, there is one thing that I know for certain and has absolute sense of assurance that “my God will hear me”.   That’s all I want to know for now.  This morning, that’s my encouraging factor; in the book of Isaiah, chapter 49, The Lord says, “Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame”.
Often times we come to the conclusion that the Lord is not moving in the same phase as what we want to.   And so, after we finish praying, we make every effort to answer our own prayers. Waiting can be painful and so I am not belittling your problem – and so, this meditation is about encouraging you from getting discouraged or getting angry with God for not answering your prayer.   We need to allow the Lord to use His spear of influence.   There is a place, in the book of Isaiah, it says, “the Lord acts on behalf of those who wait for Him”. While we wait, God is working behind the scenes on our behalf, we need to give Him time to arrange every detail so that we will receive His best.

Sometimes, the Lord is not answering in the same speed because:

  • Timing is not right, we need to wait – and we have lot of precedence in the word for this; we see Abraham waited for 25 years after he was promised;   David waited for 12 years after being anointed by the prophet to become the King; Paul waited for 10 years after the encounter with God on his way to Damascus.
     
  • God has to match our character to His character; meaning, He has to take away the pride, ego, malice and some of the non-God honoring characters from our life, so that we come to the cross with complete surrender.   Unless, the grapes are crushed, wine cannot be made. God is taking us to the place of obscurity – complete separation from this world.
  • God wants us to depend on His strength and His influence for the answer. 

Don’t let circumstances tempt you to take matters into your own hands. God has a purpose for all our experience.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, thank You for the promise of blessing if I wait on Your timing, and for the assurance that by doing so, I will never miss out. Teach me to stay focused on You rather than circumstances or the opinions of people around us. Help me, father, today that I will grow in trust that all my needs will be met, and all my questions will be sufficiently answered, as I submit to You. In Jesus Name, we pray ~ Amen!