WAITING FOR ANSWERED PRAYER
“Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will not be put to shame.” ISAIAH 50:7 (NLT)
When you pray, expect to hear from God. It can’t be said any simpler than that. Expect that God will answer your prayer. This is where faith comes in. You wait expectantly on God, “set like a stone, determined to do his will” (Isaiah 50:7).
Waiting on God is never a waste of time. In fact, it is time well invested in your life. It keeps you focused on God and living in light of eternity.
Hurry is the death of prayer. One reason you may not hear God speak to you is that you don’t wait long enough. He wants you to care enough to listen. He wants to be sure you are paying attention. And sometimes he has to wait for you to calm down so that he can get a word in edgewise.
The Bible says there are three things to do as you wait:
- Wait quietly: “Let all that I am wait quietly before God, For my hope is in him” (Psalm 62:5 NLT).
- Wait patiently: “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act” (Psalm 37:7 NLT).
- Wait expectantly: “I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word.” (Psalm 130:5 NLT).
When you pray, wait quietly, patiently, and expectantly to hear from God. He promises you will not be disgraced or put to shame.
WHAT DID YOU HEAR?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
How does it apply to your life?
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Don’t just be a hearer of the word. Be a doer of the word. (James 1:22)
NOW TALK TO GOD
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you.