In the key verse David said, “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.” It might be said that the most important and productive time in an individuals Christians life is the time he is waiting for an answer to prayer. A soul cannot find a close relationship with God, clearly hear His voice or receive answers to his prayers without being obedient and having a heart wholly given to His will. The waiting, then, is the opportunity we are given to obtain that integrity. The prayer we are seeking an answer to, whether it be temporal, spiritual or intercessory, then, is something of the shadow while the main focus is the purity of the believers heart. That is what leads us to the power and joy of the Lord and makes us useful in the work of the Kingdom.

While we hear much about how we are waiting on the Lord for an answer, The fact may be He is waiting on us. Have we dealt with the things in our life that we know need to be addressed? Have we been unwilling to give up some of our practices or thought patterns or wants and desires? In short, have we come to a final state of brokenness that would allow us to hear His quiet voice and receive the blessings and answers to prayer that He so longs to bestow upon us. Our spiritual health depends on it and, perhaps, so does the health of those we are praying for.

There two things for certain…One, If there has been a delay in answer to our prayers it is not the Lord’s fault, rather ours for He promises to answer speedily. And two, receiving answers to our prayers is the measuring stick by which we know that our ‘integrity and uprightness’ are acceptable to Him. If we are not hearing from Him, perhaps we should “search our own heart and see if there be any wicked way in us”. (Psalms 139: 23,24)

More holiness give me,
More strivings within;
More patience in suffering,
More sorrow for sin;

More faith in my Saviour,
More sense of His care;
More joy in His service,
More purpose in prayer…(More Holiness Give Me)