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April 20, 2010

Whose Time Table?

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

There have been many times in my life when I questioned why God did not answer my prayer.  After a period of time, I realized He did.  He had not answered on my timetable, but His.  Oh, am I glad!

More than once in my early life I can remember being infatuated.  Of course, I didn’t know that was the word; I thought it was love!  I would pray, “Oh, God, this is the one.  Please make it work out . . . .”  And on and on I would go.  I knew the Word had said that I should ask for the desires of my heart.  For that moment, it was the desire of my heart.  So, why didn’t God work it out?

Often, what we perceive to be unanswered prayer is simply God’s timing.  We get in a hurry and believe what we are asking for is the best for us.  I have discovered that my loving Heavenly Father causes me to wait sometimes.  I may have thought what I was asking for was what I needed right at that moment, but I was to learn later that He would give it to me in His time and it would be the best for me.

The best proof of that is the result of those prayers for a life partner.  What if God had answered immediately with the request I made in those years?  I can tell you.  I would have missed the one that God had for me.  I would never have married Judy!  Many a time I have said, “Thank you God for not answering that prayer in the way that I asked!”  He answered, of course, but He had a different partner in His plan.  And He knows best!  Blessed we are when God lingers in His response to our immediate request sometimes. 

We must trust His wisdom and love.  He may wait longer than we think He should, but God never comes too late!  Because He delays, it does not mean a denial.  My theme in prayer is this.  God makes a promise; faith believes it; hope anticipates it; patience quietly waits.  My trouble, however, is sometimes I am in a hurry and God isn’t.  God can grow a mushroom overnight, but He can take years to grow an oak tree.

Trust and patience are a sure combination when praying!  I am still trying to learn that!

“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”  (Psalm 20:4)  “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you  . . . . Blessed are all who wait for him.”  (Isaiah 30:18)  “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  (Psalm 27:4)



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