For many years I thought that after I prayed it was my responsibility to do whatever I could to make my request happen. But as it turns out that was the biggest mistake of my prayer life for most often I got ahead of the Lord and complicated the answer. Although the Lord can answer our question for guidance in one miracle moment, guidance from Him is usually a process that takes time. First we acquire a burden for something the Lord wants us to pray about or something that needs deliverance in our own life. Then in response to His leading we commit ourselves to fervent, importune prayer. Soon He gives us insight into the answer and even, perhaps, a glimpse into what will happen, but that’s when the waiting begins for we invariably forget that it takes time for the Lord to color a rose or grow a tree. After we pray we must cease our own effort (the difficult part) and wait for the Lord to accomplish it. Our own work will only hinder the Lord with His. If we acquire the correct perspective during this time of waiting, it can be very exciting for this (waiting) is the substance of the Christian life; a time to reflect on our own spiritual condition and make changes that will allow the Lord to answer as well as a time for the Lord to orchestrate circumstances that will open the doors for us to walk through. By waiting we can know, without doubt, that the answer has been accomplished on His power and in His time and not our own. As hard as it is sometimes to wait, this is the assurance we have that the Lord answers all prayer according to His power and timing.

A farmer’s job is to till the soil and sow the seed. Then he must wait, wait, wait until the Lord sends the rain to make it grow. “Be still and know that I am God”. (Ps. 46:10). It would be very useless for that farmer, after he planted the seed, to frantically dance around, shouting and demanding that the rain come. Soon he would grow tired and abandon the whole thing. Perhaps this is why we are weak in our prayer life; we get in the way and disrupt the Lord’s plans, only to finally conclude that the Lord does not always answer our prayers.

“For since the beginning of the world, men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.” (Isaiah 64; 4)

As pilgrims and strangers we travel thro’ life,
Thro’ sunshine and shadow, Thro’ calm and thro’ strife,
Each day we are scattering seed as we go,
Someday twill be harvest “We reap what we sow”…(Seedtime and Harvest)

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