By Dawn Onley
Have you ever prayed for something, and then waited for your prayer to be answered?
Days and weeks pass by and still no answer, no resolution, nothing. You start to lose hope, and maybe even question God. You feel helpless and don’t know where to turn.
One of the toughest things in all the world to do is to wait. When we pray, we are trusting in divine intervention in our earthly matters. We are anticipating direction and guidance, believing in insight and clarity.
When we receive no answer, it tests our resolve. But it is at these times when we must not lose the faith.
I’ve been there. It can be very frustrating and it can cause us to lose faith when there is no answer after we’ve prayed; when God is silent, when we need to hear His voice.
I heard a preacher say recently that it is very critical what we do in the waiting rooms of life.
We must remain expectant. We need to be very careful what we speak during these times. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. It is good to speak as if the prayer is already answered.
The preacher directed the church to read Habakkuk 2:3, which talks about waiting on God for answers. “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
The sermon was basically about our dreams for our lives, and if they are inspired by God, according to the pastor, they will come to pass at the appointed time.
Just because there’s no movement doesn’t mean God’s not moving, the preacher reminded the congregation.
Wait with expectancy. Believe in the promise. Keep praying.
Never give up.