Don’t Give Up While You’re Waiting for God’s Provision or Answered Prayer
Trust Him to Comfort You and Give You Peace in the Waiting Time
by J.M. Troppello
It’s easy to give up while you’re waiting for God’s provision or answered prayer. Sometimes prayers get answered just like you prayed. Other times, they don’t get answered how you’d hoped they’d be answered. At times, there is silence—or a no to your prayer. Yet, that silence could also mean that you need to wait longer for God’s perfect timing.
I’ve been a Christian for a long time. I’ve experienced all those areas on the prayer spectrum. There have been times that I’ve been so thankful that my prayer didn’t get answered. Yet, that thankfulness came after the fact—once I’d realized that things wouldn’t have been so good if my prayer had been answered.
This thought process has led me to some understanding on prayer and how that comprehension has helped me grow in my relationship with the Lord. Hopefully, these points can help you too.
1. Pray Continually
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (I Thess. 5:15-18, NKJV)
It’s so important to pray without ceasing. Have that running conversation with God throughout the day. While you’re praying, keep the joy in your heart. You may not have everything you want, but God will provide for what you need.
2. Don’t Worry
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. (Phil. 4:6-7, NKJV)
As a Christian, you are called to stop worrying. That’s not always easy. Believe me, in the past, I was a big worrier. I’ve gotten a lot better in recent years. However, it’s still hard sometimes to stop worrying. Yet, there is no point in worrying. Again, the important part of this process is to keep thanksgiving in your heart while praying.
3. Abide in Jesus
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. (John 15:5-8, NKJV)
If you don’t abide in Jesus, you won’t bear fruit. Apart from Him, you can do nothing of significance for God’s Kingdom. That should be our goal—to live for God’s Kingdom. That’s still something I need more work on each day. When you bear much fruit for God, He is glorified.
4. Don’t Doubt
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. (Mark 11:22-24, NKJV)
When you come before God and bring your requests, don’t doubt. Trust that He has a plan for your life and perfect timing for everything. Again, I know that this can be difficult at times, not to doubt. However, when you have faith, great things can happen in your life and for God’s Kingdom.
Trust God Today
Focus on taking life one day at a time. God doesn’t want you to worry about tomorrow. Trust that God has things under control, even when life seems completely out of control.
Abide in Jesus
As you continue in your walk with the Lord—day by day—focus on praying continually with a joyful heart, try to stop worrying so much, work on abiding in the Lord, and stop doubting when you pray. I’m working on these things as well.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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