Are you waiting on God? Have you spent years praying for something – and you’re still praying? Maybe you’ve prayed so long that you are just about to give up hope that God will ever answer. Be encouraged. Don’t give up! It only takes one prayer to change the course of history – and today just might be that one prayer. I have to wonder how many prayers go unanswered because someone stopped praying just one prayer before God moved. But even if you have to wait some more, never underestimate what God is doing behind the scenes. He is always at work and He will always work things your for your good.
So what do you do in the seasons of waiting? The following list are some suggestions to keep you both encouraged and to not lose hope in your faith.
- Keep worshiping God and praising Him for what He is doing in your life.
- Surrender what you are praying for to Him and say, “Not my will, but yours be done.”
- Cling to His Word. Search scriptures for promises from God about His faithfulness, hearing our prayers, working everything out for our good, His mercy and lovingkindness, His love for us.
- Search scriptures for what God doesn’t answer prayer and be sure there is nothing in your life that are hindering your prayers. If there is, confess and repent. If there isn’t, then know that at the right moment – God will answer. His timing is not the same as ours, but He has never answered even one prayer one moment late.
- Don’t loose confidence in God’s goodness. You can see it all around you. So if you’re wavering, take time to notice God’s goodness.
- Be strong. When you have no strength left to pray, then ask the Holy Spirit to give you His strength – and keep on praying.
- Don’t lose hope. God knows your heart. He sees your pain. He knows where you are struggling. Sometimes, the very thing we are praying for and think we need so bad are the very things that would make us miserable. Sometimes the circumstances that we ask God to removed form our lives are the very ones He is using to make us more like Christ. Don’t lose hope. God is at work in you.
- Be patient. We may not understand why God doesn’t answer right now or on our time table – but the answer will come when the timing is exactly perfect.
- Allow God to be your shield and your help. While you are waiting, trust that God’s protection and provision will see you through until the answer comes. If you don’t know how to pray – ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for you – it’s one of His jobs to pray for us when we don’t know how to pray.
- Watch and see. When the children of Israel found themselves caught between the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s army, they immediately lost hope and began complaining to Moses. God told them through Moses to “watch and see.” God was not caught off guard and knew the army was coming. He already had a plan – He was just waiting for the right moment to put it into action. When the moment came, the Red Sea parted and the Israelites walked through on dry ground. If they had gone through earlier, they would have missed the power of God and the miracle. If God had waited any longer, the army may have caught up to them. But at just the right time God stepped in and all the Israelites had to do was watch and see and then walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground. Watch and see. Notice how God is already at work around you and in your life. Trust His timing.
- Spend time learning more about prayer. Mark Batterson’s Book, The Circle Maker and Priscilla Shirer’s book, Fervent, are great to get you started.
- Consider prayer and fasting as you align your heart and mind to God and His will.
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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.
Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.
With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities.