Are you waiting for God to answer a prayer that you know is part of His plan for you? Maybe like me you know that God has given you a glimpse of His plan for you, or even a few steps of the way in a specific direction and now you are waiting for the next step, or for his provision to take the next step. You don’t want to get ahead of God or take a wrong turn, and you want to trust Him in the silence but don’t really know how.
There are two major things in my life right now that have me in this exact place. God found us the perfect house when we weren't even looking for it. Now we need to sell our house and we are waiting for the multi-generational family that He has ordained to move to our in-law suite house to reveal themselves. The other is a Bible study retreat that God supernaturally directed me to take a leap of faith to schedule and I’m waiting for the God ordained participants to identify themselves with a short timeline. God knows our need and the needs of the people that would be connected to answering prayers and He is working behind our backs to answer them in His perfect timing.
What do you do when you need to have patience and trust that God knows what He is doing? Go to the Word. Here are some scriptures that helped my strength to rise as I wait upon the Lord to answer my prayers. As you read through these, look for the absolute promises that they assure. Look for words and phrases like: always, everyone, will be, will receive, promised, assurance, anyone, all, you will, etc.
Matthew 7:7-11 (NLT)
7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him?
Hebrews 10:36 (NLT)
36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)
11 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)
6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
2 Peter 1:3 (NLT)
3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
Isaiah 64:4 (NLT)
4 For since the world began,
no ear has heard
and no eye has seen a God like you,
who works for those who wait for him!
Psalm 38:15 (NIV)
15 Lord, I wait for you;
you will answer, Lord my God.
I hope these verses helped you like they helped me. Did the promises of God jump off the page for you? The Word of God is clear. Keep on praying and the mighty and powerful God will answer. I can’t wait to see how and who He will bring into my life to answer my prayers.
Oh, and if you are looking for an in-law suite in Northeast Ohio, check out our house or let someone you know who may need it know about it. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/8162-Chesterton-Ln_North-Royalton_OH_44133_M37336-03531.
If you are a woman after God’s own heart who would love to learn how to grow your faith and help others do the same, check out the Journey to the Abundant Christian Life Bible Study Retreat at the Billy Graham Training Center: The Cove, this July 25-27, 2014. Register by July 8, 2014!