Learning To Wait


One of the lessons my son is having the hardest time with is learning to wait when he has a question. My wife and I will be in a conversation, and he will walk up, interrupt us, and ask a question. We will tell him we will answer when we are done talking, but that’s often difficult for him when he has a question. I’m teaching him to walk up and just put his hand on mine when he has a question. I told him that when he does that, I’ll acknowledge him and then answer him when I can.

I wish I could say that works all the time, but it doesn’t. It’s as hard for him to wait for an answer as it is for us as adults to wait for one. When we have a pressing need or question, we’ll bombard God with questions and demand an answer immediately. We call it faith when we pray that way, but I wonder what God calls it. One of the hardest lessons any one of us has to learn is how to approach God and to ask for what it is that we want or need, especially when we feel we need it urgently.

They say that patience is a virtue, but we often lack it in waiting for God to answer our prayers. In Psalm 69:13, David prayed a tough, but wise prayer. He said, “But as for me, I will pray to you, Lord; answer me, God, at a time you choose” (GNT). He was telling God that he wasn’t expecting Him to operate on his timetable. He was willing to wait for God to answer on His. That’s a hard thing to pray and to do.

This verse challenges me because I’m not there yet. In my prayers, I’m like my son trying to get an answer. I don’t want to wait for God to finish what He’s doing. I want my answers right now. If David was a man after God’s own heart, and he had the ability to pray this way, I believe it’s something we all can learn to do. Instead of trying to force God to use our timeline, we can start asking God to give us the answers to our prayers in His. I’ll just need a little help learning to wait.

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Throwback Thursday is a feature I’m using to help build some margin into my schedule to pursue other ventures. Each Thursday I’ll be bringing you a previously written devotional that still speaks encouragement to us from God’s Word.

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4 responses to “Learning To Wait

  1. mmoore2895

    It’s amazing to me how timely your devotionals are. It’s at times like God’s trying to get my attention! Thanks for what you do!

  2. Sal Barraza

    I have to say that this devotional is on target with an issue I have with my prayers. I want to be like the persistent woman asking for justice from an unjust judge, and yet also be like David and wait on God’s time. It literally breaks my thought process on what to do with my prayers. I pray for my kids and their situations and want for them to know God. But am I waiting on God’s time or mine? ( I know the answer, but still struggle )

    • I think that’s something we all struggle with: Keeping the faith, being persistent in prayer and having patience in the waiting. I believe God uses this particular struggle to remind us like He did Paul that it’s in our weakness that He is made strong. It grows our faith and helps us to rely on Him. Somehow the toughest times and periods of unanswered prayers created the greatest growth in our lives.

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