Waiting on God to Answer Our Prayers

Waiting on God to Answer Our Prayers

Waiting on God to answer our prayers

You would think that after all of the times I’ve prayed and waited for God to answer, I would be an expert by now! I’m not, although I’m much better at it than I used to be.

Usually when I think I’ve waited long enough, I’m ready for the next thing in life or I’ve learned all there is to learn, God still makes me wait. Today I was thinking about where I am in the waiting season that I’m experiencing right now. I’ve overcome, I’ve learned a lot and I’m ready!  But I felt the Holy Spirit impress upon my heart that God wants to develop in me more than just the skills needed for the next season of my life. He wants to build in us character traits — those subtle, invisible, foundational, necessary things that we need in order to hold us up as we go forward in God’s plan.

What is one character trait that God seems to think is most important? Endurance. But just when I think I’ve learned how to stick things out and wait on God, I realize He’s not just after endurance. Oh no, He desires something much greater. He doesn’t want me to simply grit my teeth and hang on for dear life.  No, He wants me to be hopeful, trusting and patient.  Patient endurance. It’s the toughest, most unpleasant trait to learn. I cringe even as I think of it.  It’s only developed through waiting….and waiting….and waiting (along with some pain).

As I pondered why God desires to develop patient endurance in us, I began to understand that we can’t effectively serve Him and further His Kingdom on earth if we waver and sink in the mud every time something difficult comes across our path. We need to be able to stand firm, be a strong witness and stay faithful as God leads us through life.

Years ago, during a long waiting season, I made a few choices that were, what most sensible people would call, compromises. The longer I waited on God (months turned into years), the facts of my situation began to be a little blurry. The long, excruciating waiting time made things a little less clear. Options that were wrong before began to look pretty good (anything to get me out of the mire of waiting). Making choices to get things rolling along in life seemed right (giving myself some control over the situation).

God did finally answer my prayer in a wonderful way, although a little patient endurance would have helped me make fewer mistakes as well as experience more joy along the way. Since then I’ve entered another season of waiting on God to answer an important prayer. I’m pleased to tell you that I now have a little bit of patient endurance!  I see such a difference in me; I trust God more. I know that He is in control. I mean, I really, really, know that He is in control. I’m resting in that truth, which means I’m trusting Him. I’ve placed my hope in God because His Word says that no one who hopes in Him will ever be disappointed.

It’s not fun to learn the character trait of patient endurance. I’m still learning step by step, day by day. But I can say that I’m joyful and even happy in spite of the fact that I’m waiting on God to answer my prayer!

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Laurie Driesen About Laurie Driesen

Laurie Driesen is a writer, entrepreneur and business owner. Her passion is to encourage and strengthen people's faith by sharing the truth of God's Word through her writing. In her recently published book, Beyond Regret - Living Your Life Purpose in Spite of Past Choices, Laurie shares how God uses our mistakes and detours to lead us into His will and accomplish His true purpose for our lives. Check out her website for more.

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  1. So true that the longer we wait, the easier it becomes to consider making a risky choice. Thanks for your encouragement to have not just endurance but patient endurance.

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  2. I like your point about how when we wait we sometimes think something else is right for us when really we’re just trying to justify it because we haven’t “heard” from God yet. I do that, too.

    Welcome to Putting on the New, Laurie! So happy to have you here.

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  3. Thanks Cherie! I’m so happy to be part of POTN. Thanks for creating such a great site. It’s such a good resource for people who need encouragement about so many varied topics!

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  4. Hi Laurie. I experienced a period of waiting a few weeks back, and it was so difficult to turn it all over to God. I realized I had no choice because there was absolutely nothing I could do about the situation! I was totally reliant on the other person involved to make the first move, so to speak. Everything turned out well, but I can’t help but wonder, the next time I’m in a similar circumstance, will I find that I have learned patient endurance?

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  5. Laurie Driesen says:

    Hi Patti – thanks for sharing your experience. I believe that after we go through seasons of waiting and God proves his faithfulness, our patient endurance increases. We can’t really develop it on our own but we can help it along by choosing to trust God. It sounds like you turned the situation over to God. That’s so wonderful!

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  6. Waiting on God is so hard. Thanks for encouraging us to endure patiently! I’m a work in progress in this area too!

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  7. Laurie Driesen says:

    Waiting is hard, it’s too bad we have to do it so often! But I do look back every time and thank God for what He’s done. Like you say….. a work in progress!

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