PRAYER PROMPT ••• I love to plan / give gifts, but I hate to wait to give them.
I attribute it to being born on Christmas Day.
Since most people have two dates to look forward to (Christmas and their birthday) compared to my one day… well, that’s the only explanation I have about my impulsiveness to either give gifts early or tell what the gift is ahead of time; it drives my family nuts.
It’s hard to wait on something you’re excited about, especially if you’re like me.
(Because as much as I love to plan the gift, I don’t like surprises. I tend to forget other people do.)
When it comes to prayer, many of us are guilty of this.
We say our heartfelt prayer to God, close with “Amen,” and start watching the clock.
As capable as God is to snap His fingers and answer our requests, He’s neither a genie, nor is He under any obligation to us.
On the contrary, we are under obligation to Him!
But He always answers.
I don’t know about you, but the answer “Wait” is sometimes harder than an outright “No!”
Especially when we know our requests line up with what is scripturally stated as God’s will (i.e., the salvation of a loved one – 2 Peter 3:9).
The thing about praying is it goes hand-in-hand with trusting.
And trusting goes hand-in-hand with waiting.
When we pray, we have to be willing to remember that God IS trustworthy (2 Samuel 7:28).
And as His children, He loves to bestow gifts on us (Matthew 7:11), but just as a parent, sometimes the “wait” is for our own good.
But we shouldn’t ask once and walk away; keep talking to God about what’s on your heart, but emphasize His will above your own (Luke 18:1-8 and Luke 22:42).
At 42 years old, I’m still trying to master the art of waiting.
I suspect it’s a lesson I’ll be learning all my life, but I trust in God to keep His promises.
After all, if the faith of a mustard seed is powerful enough to move a mountain (Matthew 17:20), how far will your faith / trust take you?
Today, as you pray, ask God to help you wait.
Ask Him to help you trust.
And as you pray, above all, pray for His will be done.
NOTE: Feel free to comment, but these prayer prompts are meant to be between you and God. Matthew 6:6 — But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.