The Wait List

Greetings, Friends!

It’s time to get a discussion going.  And, so you know, I’m throwing this topic out for comments from anyone who happens upon the blog.  I have my Wednesday night sisters in mind, but we wouldn’t mind hearing from some others.

This past Wednesday evening, our class had a discussion on what it means to pray with persistence based on the parable of the Unjust Judge (or Persistent Widow) from Luke 18.  In the parable, a widow pleads for justice from a corrupt judge who has no interest in helping the downtrodden.  Eventually, the judge becomes tired of her endless pleading and grants her petition just  so she will leave him alone.  Jesus then explains that if even a dishonest judge can be made to grant justice through persistent petitions, then we can be sure that a righteous God will answer in good time when His people call out to Him.

This led to a discussion of “waiting on the Lord” as a spiritual discipline that every Christian has to learn at some time (and probably many times).  We focused on five reasons why God might make us wait for an answer to prayer:

1. Mercy – Sometimes God can only right a wrong by punishing the wicked.  In those cases, God may delay that judgment because He is giving time for repentance (2 Peter 3:9).  In those cases, we should remember that we too have received mercy from God.  We may and must speak and act on behalf of the oppressed, but we should be thankful that God is not hasty in His vengeance.

2.  Training – Sometimes God uses waiting as an exercise to build faith (James 1:2-4).  Will we continue to trust even when the answer is not immediate?

3.  Relationship – God is all about relationships.  When we are praying over and over again about a matter, then we are spending  time in His presence that we might not give to prayer if we were not made to feel our need of Him.  Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for Him to act. (Ps. 37:7, NLT)

4.  Understanding – God wants us to know for certain the Source of our deliverance and to understand Him better (Ps. 62:1-2).  Sometimes, we dismiss miracles when they come too easily.

5.  Glory – God glorifies Himself in our weaknesses by making us sufficient to the work He has called us to do (2 Cor. 12:7-9).  Our weaknesses exist so that others will see God and not us in what is accomplished.

SO WHAT IS GOD DOING FOR YOU RIGHT NOW?  Is there something that you’ve been praying for, and the answer is a long time coming?  Take a few minutes to reflect on what might be behind the delay.  Is God building your faith?  Are you learning new things about Him as you wait?  Are you praying more than you used to?  Or are you just hoping that there is some glory at the end of this?  Post a comment and encourage your sisters.

 

 

 

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3 responses to “The Wait List

  1. I’ll go first. I think my own waiting right now is about praying more consistently and fervently. The crises I’ve experienced in the last couple of years have made me more aware of my dependence on grace, so I’ve had to pray more faithfully, sometimes out of desperation. I’ve been praying on my knees, too. Never underestimate the importance of posture in worship, as long as it is backed up by a truly reverent heart.

    Anne

  2. barb

    Been praying for lost brother for around 20 years now and will not stop now. Have learned that knees and even flat on my face works for me. Have also learned to just be quite, in order to hear God. Spent a lot of years talking so much, I forgot (?) to listen. Also, God loves to hear thank you and how much I do love Him. Learned some “stuff” about myself as I attended Women’s Conf. at Milligan College today. Same life, new song. We all face, have, had, whatever; difficulities. But because God wrote a much bigger story for us, we sometimes miss it due to telling the same ole’ song. So what story are we going to leave when we are gone? God has given us everything we need for life and Godliness, so why stay in the old. Made sense to me. She gave us lots of stuff to ponder on including these 4 life statements. #1 It’s one event in lifetime of events and we must go on, don’t let past events be who you are. #2 What might have been doesn’t exist. #3 Last chapter has not been written yet and #4 There is a God and I am not Him. Psa. 90:12 Teach us to # our days that we might gain a heart of wisdom. Gee, have I been that dumb? Wisdom and courage work hand in hand. And to have that new story/song I need to truly ask What can I do for you and then be prepared to do it. Sorry Anne, I think I may have chased a rabbit there…..but got some meditation stuff today and looking to see how to apply to my life. By the way what in the world was you doing posting at 4:42 am. Don’t you sleep? Ha Barb

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