The Prayer Answers That Are Coming
We pray. We hope. We trust. We believe. We wait with empty stomachs in anticipation. And, still, so often the long awaited answer comes in a form we don’t recognize, or want.
And so, we question why.
We plead again.
We wonder how long.
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you.” 2 Peter 3:8
Most of us have experienced disappointment in our prayers. The journey of the Christian faith is one in which so much of what we see is yet unknown. We do not have the end story in our immediate line of sight, so questions and heartaches quickly pile up.
I do not know why the young couple struggling with infertility continue to be childless. I do not understand why the elderly waste away with longing for heaven yet youth die young. I do not comprehend the wayward husband turning his back on his children.
But I do know that His Word promises the Lord is not slow in keeping His promise. One day to Him is like a thousand years. His time is not on our timeline. He is outside of time altogether. And He promises to be patient with us.
Keep praying. Answers are coming.
Lilias Trotter offers beautiful insight into the life of prayer. Commenting on her time in the Algerian desert she offers this insight:
“The Noria in the garden has taught a prayer-lesson today. At the very first turn of the wheel that works it, a cupful of the clear cold water deep down is dipped up--but it does not reach the surface at once. Many and many a “godet” comes up first--dry, empty, iron. It is all on the way to the full one that is coming. More than that, each disappointing godet that looks as if it might be the expected one and fails to be, and goes back as it came, means another full cup coming up, if only we go on turning. For once the first has risen brimming over, every fresh turn means another and another outpour. The prayer-disappointments are all part of the prayer-answers that are coming--linked as securely as the godet links of the Noria, and working out the one objective.”
If only we go on turning. If only we continue lifting our voice in prayer, reaching out the hand of faith. Don’t give up. The prayer-disappointments are all part of the prayer-answers that are coming.
The full one that is coming...