I have prayed the same prayer for years. My heart aches for the answer. I have begged the Lord. I believe He can do it. But I’m still waiting.
Do you have a prayer like this?
My pastor shared this statement recently, and I knew it was for me. I took some time in heart stillness and in the sun that afternoon to think over my prayer, and I got to digging in the dirt - literally! My “stillness” is often enhanced by a physical activity with a rhythm like walking or pulling weeds. So I pulled and talked to Jesus, and He revealed the roots about my prayer by giving me 3 questions to ponder:
1. Does my prayer sound any different now than when I first prayed it?
2. Have I asked Him to reveal any sin that is hindering my relationship with Him and affecting the root of my prayer, and have I confessed it?
3. Have I honestly reached the point of yielding to Him and setting aside my will where I am able to say “It’s okay, Lord. I trust you more.” Tough one!
My NO to any of these three questions is an indication that there is some necessary change still needed, and I had a “no” to more than one of these.
The Bible tells us in Luke 18:1 to “pray always and not give up,” but God is also clear in Isaiah 59:2 that our iniquities separate us from Him.
If you’re anything like me, you love the “keep asking” part but are pretty slow to practice the confession and yielding part! But HALLELUJAH - our Father awaits with grace for our hearts to grasp His wisdom. If He answered exactly when we asked the first time, we would miss being changed and His blessings of growth.
Yes, He has purpose in the pause.
As Jesus and I kept digging, my heart felt different. My ask sounded different, and I began to release the answer into His hands with an “It’s okay, Lord. I trust you more.” The roots were revealed.
Our dirt is never too much for Him, and He has a plan far beyond what we can comprehend - for our good. So let’s keep asking in faith to see Him complete the work He’s begun in us, His dearly loved daughters.
Father, thank you for hearing us and being so kind and patient. Reveal your way as you see we’re ready. Amen.
“I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” - Psalm 34:1-5
Find the “3 Questions for Delayed Prayers” graphic under RESOURCES. It’s there for you to screen shot and reflect on as you continue to seek the Lord in your prayers. Blessings, Anne