WaitingWaiting on God For Unanswered Prayers
One of the biggest challenges one can face as a Christian or believer in God is holding on to your faith in the midst of a difficult situation that you have prayed about, fasted about, cried about, pleaded with God about and which still remains unsolved. Our unanswered prayers can leave us anxious, questioning and drained. Maybe you’ve prayed for years to have a child, to find a job, to change your job, to find your soulmate, to get a promotion you deserved, for you, a family member or a friend to recover from some illness, for relief with your financial situation, for relief in a bad marriage, for deliverance from an abusive situation or relationship, for a change in the behaviour of a delinquent child, or some other unbearable situation.

However, it is in these very difficult times that we must hold on to our faith the strongest and keep trusting God despite the fact that, in the natural or physical, we have no sight of relief. We have to keep trusting that God is working things out on our behalf in the best way possible and in His perfect timing.  It is not vain hope! For as scripture states, “As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:11).”

When Martha and Mary’s brother Lazarus was sick and about to die, the sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him to come quickly because as they put it, “Lord your dear friend is sick (John 11:3).”  However, Jesus arrived when, as far as they could see, it was too late.  Jesus arrived when their brother was already dead!  And we can very well understand Martha’s anguish when she said to Him, “If you had been here, Lord, my brother would not have died! (John 11:21).”  We feel her powerlessness and understand her questioning God, as we have sometimes done, about why he could not have intervened earlier or solved our problem already.  Nevertheless we have consolation in the fact that God knows our difficult situation and will assist us, for Jesus solemnly warns but consoles us, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (John 16:33).”

Corrie Ten Boom blesses us with her wisdom after making it through one of history’s human horrors, as she states, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” So although you may have already waited on God an extremely long time, as you continue to wait on God, remind yourself each morning, “I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future (Author Unknown).”

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Spiritual Tip – MAKE TIME FOR GOD.

Woman Among Lit Votive CandlesDedicate 30 minutes to God each day in prayer and thanksgiving. Everyday we are blessed with 1440 minutes to live our lives as we please. 30 minutes only amount to a mere 2% of our entire day. God, the giver of life, deserves some of our day.

Life can be challenging and so we often have many wants, needs and aspirations. Make sure that while you ask God for your wants and needs, you also make time for two (2) important things:

1. Praise God for who He is.
During this time of praise and worship, do not ask God for anything. Just praise Him for being your God. This is the equivalent of saying to God, “…hallowed be your name”. Think of it this way. We do not like friends who always want something when they see us. We want friends who would just like us for who we are and appreciate spending time in our company without asking or needing anything. Well God didn’t tell me this (smile) but I am sure He also would like us to just spend time with Him not seeking anything for ourselves.

2. Thank Him for your daily blessings.
“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” — G. K. Chesterton

I guess the point that G.K. Chesterton is making is that we need to be thankful for both the small and the big things in our lives. Why? Consider this. Suppose you didn’t have feet? Well you wouldn’t be able to dance, much less walk. So giving thanks before walking isn’t that weird. Is it? Suppose you didn’t have hands? Well you wouldn’t be able to swim or fence or sketch etcetera. So again, giving thanks for being able to do all those things is quite fitting, enables you to develop a grateful spirit and opens you up to receive even more from the universe.

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