Have you ever felt like God is taking an eternity to answer your ‘urgent prayer’? Have you ever felt like telling Him “Hurry up, Lord… What’s taking so long?” In an impatient world with need for supersonic speed solutions to problems, a Christian must learn to wait on God, even when it is not easy. The Bible, in Psalm 40:1 says “ I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me and heard my cry” and in Psalm 27:14, David urges us to wait upon the Lord, to be strong and take courage. Waiting on God is not passive. In fact, it requires a lot of effort and involves a lot of action.

Here are ways you can actively wait in God after prayer:

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  1. Examine yourself– As you await God’s answers to your prayers, reflect on your life and remind yourself of God’s everlasting love and mercies. Take this time to search your own heart to confess any sin that may hinder an answer or make any surrender that will further align you with God’s plans and purpose.
  2. Keep your eyes and heart open– Waiting on God requires an amplified attentiveness and watchfulness in which you discern and analyze your surroundings, circumstances, conversations and “coincidences” for clues and indications of God’s answer to your prayer. Psalm 130:6 says “My soul waits for the Lord, more than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.
  3. Keep trusting and hoping– Do not lose hope on God’s promises. Never give up on God. Count your past blessings and remind yourself of God’s great doings in the past and be strengthened in knowing that even now, in your present circumstances, He is still God.
  4. Keep going– It is easy to freeze, tense, lose focus and stop progressing while we wait on God’s will.  Rather than choosing inaction, wait on God while you keep moving ahead. This is an act of faith that God will guide your steps while you go.
  5. Don’t stop praying– Waiting on God is not a cessation of prayer. In fact, it is intensification. If you are waiting on God you should be, if anything, more active in prayer than you were before. Psalm 25:3, “Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed”

As you wait upon God patiently, read and reflect upon His word and promises, and strive on, even when it is hard, anchoring your faith in the promise that He will surely answer.

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