Has God ever asked you to wait?
You know what I mean, right?
You’re trucking along your merry way, and He abruptly brings you to a crashing halt.
Yeah. I’ve been there, too.
Just about three years ago, we began to sense God calling us to be foster parents. So we spent the required number of weeks in training and then waited for the phone call letting us know needy children were on their way to our home.
That call didn’t come.
Christmas came and went, and I wondered why there weren’t more stockings hanging from our mantle, as I had expected by that time.
We waited. And waited. And waited.
Until finally – more than a year after our training had been complete – the phone call came. And the events that followed were so clearly orchestrated by God Himself that we couldn’t doubt His supreme goodness in having us wait.
One of the sweetest lessons we learned during this time is that God is in the waiting.
He’s with us in the wait.
And He’s working in the wait.
And so for your time in God’s waiting room, I’d like to suggest ten prayers straight from the pages of God’s Word. May they refocus your mind on your Savior and propel your heart toward worship…
even as you wait.
1.)Praise God for His promise that those who wait on Him will renew their strength. Ask Him to fulfill this in your life, empowering you to run and not grow weary and to walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
2.)Tell God that you will not fear or be dismayed as you wait on Him, and that you’re trusting Him to be with you, to strengthen and help you, and to hold you in His hand on your hardest days. (Isaiah 41:10)
3.)Remind God that your soul is eagerly anticipating His work, and that your hope is in His word. (Psalm 130:5-6)
4.)Claim with the psalmist that you will see the goodness of the LORD. Ask Him to help you be strong and to help your heart be courageous as you wait for Him expectantly. (Psalm 27:13-14)
5.)Affirm to God that He is good to those who wait for Him and to the soul that seeks Him. Name specific ways He has been good to you as you’ve been waiting. (Lamentations 3:25)
6.)Ask God to help you look to Him during your season of waiting. Praise the God of your salvation for hearing your prayers! (Micah 7:7)
7.)Rejoice in the Lord’s steadfast mercies that are everlasting and renewed every morning, even during times of waiting. Tell God you stand in awe of His faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
8.)Ask God, in His grace, to enable you to wait patiently. Spend some time in silence before Him, resting your hope in Him alone. (Psalm 62:5)
9.)Thank Him, and tell Him you’ll never stop thanking Him for what He has done in your life. Let Him know that you’re waiting for His good name along with all those who are godly. (Psalm 52:9)
10.)Pray that the God of your salvation would guide and teach you in His truth as you wait on Him. (Psalm 25:5)
May your soul be strengthened and your faith fortified as you wait patiently for Him.