The Truth Life: What to Do While You Wait for God to Answer Prayer

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What to Do While You Wait for God to Answer Prayer

4 Things to Do While You Wait for Answered Prayer

by Veritas Vita 777

Waiting for prayers to be answered is not always easy—especially if you are waiting a long time. Some prayers God has answered quickly in my life. Other times, I’ve waited a while. I’m still waiting on prayers to be answered. It’s important to see the waiting time as a time for growth. Sure, that’s not always an easy pill to swallow. However, if you can see that God is always working in your life, even in and especially in those waiting times – you can unlock a treasure chest of growth in your spiritual life.

“We never know how God will answer our prayers, but we can expect that He will get us involved in His plan for the answer. If we are true intercessors, we must be ready to take part in God’s work on behalf of the people for whom we pray.” – Corrie ten Boom

1. Moving

You need to keep moving forward in faith. Trust that God is working on your behalf. Believe that He has the best in mind for you because He does. He has a plan for your life, even if it’s not the exact plan that you were thinking of (See: Jer. 29:11-14). Don’t get stuck in the depths of despair as you wait for God to answer your prayer.

2. Growth

Find value in the waiting time. Thank God for the work He is doing in your spiritual life as you wait on Him in a posture of faithfulness. Dig even deeper into your daily Bible reading and study. Read Scriptures on prayer and faith. Start chronicling your journey of faith in a faith notebook. Jot down verses that resonate within your heart. Memorize them and repeat them to yourself as necessary while you wait for God to answer your prayer.

3. Support

Connect with someone in your circle of friends or family members who has experience in their faith in waiting for God to answer prayer. Ask them how they have dealt with the times in their life when God took a long time to answer a prayer. Come to them with an open heart and mind. Enter into that conversation with readiness to learn from their experiences in their own journey of faith. Ask this person to pray for you as you wait on the Lord.

4. Create

Focus on the good things that you can do in your life while you wait for God to answer your prayer. Don’t allow the waiting time to overwhelm you. Use it as a time to create new things in your life. Work on a creative project that you’ve put on the backburner. Get creative with how you can use this waiting time to help someone else in need—whether through a tangible way like giving them food or money or through encouragement and prayer support. Take the focus off the waiting time and focus on how good God has been and will be in your life.

Rejoice While You Wait

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. 5:16-18, NKJV)

These short verses from I Thess. 5:16-18 sum up the process of having a victoriously prayer life as a believer. Your prayers won’t always be answered the way you want. But, that’s okay, because God has the best in mind for you. Follow this pattern of rejoicing always, praying without ceasing, and giving thanks in everything because that is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

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