Faith in Action: How to Stand in Faith Before Your Answer Comes
Praising God through to your victory
by Joanne Troppello
I will never lose faith in God. His power is made perfect in my weakness. I will keep hope alive no matter what struggles I go through. The story of Paul and Silas in the Bible when they were jailed and still could praise God, has helped me to realize that I need to praise God through to my victory.
The Philippian Jailer Saved (Acts 16:25-31 NKJV)
25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” 29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
How to praise God before the answer to your prayer comes
Throughout my Christian walk, I have walked on the mountain tops and through the valleys. God has always been with me. I’ve had prayers answered and some that weren’t. However, those prayers that weren’t answered either weren’t what God wanted in my life or maybe the answer was to wait.
Mark 11:22-24 tells us that we need to have faith in God.
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Consider the following ways to walk in faith and trust God through the waiting time.
1. Keep Reading God’s Word
Don’t give up on reading the Bible. Romans 10:17 says:
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” We need to have faith, but that doesn’t come from ourselves.
We get that faith stirred up inside us when we read God’s Word and memorize scripture. That’s when the Holy Spirit can remind us of His Word in our times of need and help us to continue to believe—before the answer comes.
2. Listen to Worship Music
Worship music can become a powerful tool in getting your mind off your struggles and onto the Lord. I listen to worship playlists like Bethel Music and others on Spotify.
When you listen to worship music and sing along, while focusing on the Lord, a change occurs. You make that exchange with the Lord of giving Him all your struggles and singing of your praise and adoration of Him.
3. Pray Without Ceasing
Prayer is always important. However, when you are trying to trust God and praise Him through to victory, pray without ceasing. Ephesians 6:18 says it’s important that we are:
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”
Give your struggles to the Lord. Then focus on praying for other people. Don’t allow yourself to continually bring a pity party to the Lord. We read the following in I Thessalonians 5:16-18:
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Show God that you are literally trusting Him and leaving everything in His capable hands because you put your needs aside—and are giving to others by praying for them.
4. Confide in Prayer Partners
It can be helpful for you during the waiting time to confide in prayer partners. We read in Matthew 18:20:
“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
Go up to the prayer line on Sunday at church and have the prayer team pray for you regarding your issue or need. Then leave it in the Lord’s capable hands. You don’t need to keep going to them for the same issue. The prayer team is effective in praying with people, but they should not become your anchor. The Lord needs to be your anchor.
Although, right now with the corona virus crisis, most church buildings are closed down due to State stay at home orders. Many churches have prayer lines active now and are sharing prayer requests in private Facebook groups, like my church is doing.
However, take this praying together thing to a deeper level. Confide in a close friend, family member, or church leader—preferably men with men and women with women, to avoid physical temptations while sharing emotional connections.
Share your prayer request with this prayer partner. Ask them to pray with you. However, then ask this person to be an accountability partner to help you stay on track and not focus on the waiting time.
This person can remind you to continue with all the steps outlined in this article. You can be an accountability partner for this person as well if he or she needs it.
5. Keep Living Your Life
It seems fitting to end this article with the passage of scripture from Philippians 4:5-8 (NKJV). I have read this passage many times during my journey as a Christian.
5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Keep living your life. You may have to wait years for an answer to prayer. My husband and I have been waiting many years for one prayer request to be answered, but we’re trusting God for His perfect timing. Keep following the steps outlined in this article and trust that God has the perfect plan for your life, and He will unfold it in His time.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.