Though at times it can be difficult to pray because we often try to do things our own way, it can be even more difficult to wait after praying.
We have to learn to pray & wait.
Praying is humbling in itself. It acknowledges the fact that we can’t do it on our own. Praying says I need help. It says I’m incapable of handling this on my own. I need help. I’m in need. Oh how hard it can be to admit that we need help.
As hard as praying and asking can be, it can be even more difficult to wait. Waiting requires patience, and in our society we have grown so much to convenience and immediacy. We want it right now. We go through drive-thrus for meals, we make purchases with the click of a mouse, shoot we even order our groceries online!
Who wants to wait?
As much as we despise it, waiting is so important. We have to learn to wait. Pray & wait. We should aim to wait patiently, being content right here right now while we wait for God to answer our prayers.
A key to waiting patiently is learning how to be content.
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” – Philippians 4:11
When we learn how to be content we learn how to be thankful for all that God has already done. Contentment allows us to look around right now and see that He has already done so much for us. When we take a moment to gain proper perspective, we can genuinely and humbly say that if He doesn’t grant this request He has already done enough.
He has already granted me desires beyond what I really deserved. He has already granted me so much mercy by not giving me what I truly did deserve. He has already done so much.
Gaining proper perspective equips us to truly pray & wait- Realizing that He knows best, realizing that He has our best interest at heart, realizing that He knows what we need and when we need it.
When we learn how to be content, when we gain proper perspective, and when we grow in gratitude we can truly pray & wait, expecting God’s best for our lives.