It is easy to pray with faith about the things we know are God’s Will. For example, it is God’s will for every Christian to share the Gospel with others. So I know God will grant me courage and boldness when I pray for those things. But what about a health issue, a certain job application, a potential friend for marriage, and how many children to have or if any at all? How long do we pray if we have not received an answer from the Lord yet? The answer is simple, you pray until you get an answer from the Lord. Remember the widow with the unjust judge and the persistent neighbor. Another example is Paul the Apostle; he prayed three times regarding his thorn in the flesh and then received an answer from the Lord.
2 Corinthians 12:8-9 “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. Vs 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee…”
Be sure to understand that God always answers His children with a yes, no, or wait.
How long does a person wait? Until they get an answer!
Wait with faith. To wait with Faith means you trust the Lord and His best!
Let me give you some encouragement while you wait.
1. Be willing to wait as long as it takes.
a. Do not be distracted or consumed while you wait with your prayer request. b. Do not lose focus with other responsibilities that are happening around you.
2. Be faithful toward God while you wait
a. Do not violate Biblical principles. b. Do not manipulate or try to make things happen by your own strength.
3. Be doing the Will of God while you wait
a. Know what you need to do and do it. b. Get busy doing what God wants you to do.
Psalm 37:34 “Wait on the LORD, and keep his way…”
4. Be willing to let others pray with you
You do not have to make it public if you do not feel comfortable. But find a few godly people you can pray with.
James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
5. Be willing to accept God’s answer when it comes.
Proverbs 13:12 “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick…”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Vs 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Remember, God wants His will fulfilled in your life more than you do, and He knows what is best for you!
Turn to: Psalm 62:5-8 “Trust in him at all times…”