Delay does not equal denial

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Sometimes our timing and God’s timing are completely different. He has a lot bigger puzzle to solve than we do. Here are two scriptures to look at in regards to waiting for prayers to be answered:

Hab. 2:3 –“This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.”

Rom. 8:24-26 – “For in this hope we were saved; but hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he can already see? But if we hope for what we do not yet see, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know how we ought to pray, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words…”

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  1. Yes, sometimes we all need reminding that God is not a vending machine…we don’t input a request and out it comes. Sure, that happens, but in my experience, it’s the exception, not the rule. Not everything we ask for is within His divine will for us. He might be waiting for us to reach the same conclusion. Unanswered prayers are often love,too. (My poodle, Sophie, would love some chicken bones, but because I love her and know that they are not safe for her stomach, I will never give her any, no matter how longingly she looks at me.) God knows what we need and when we need it. He considers the big picture. Our job is to pray with faith and trust that He will only give us good gifts that will prosper us. And, sometimes, it’s in the waiting for an answer that we grow in Him. Most of the Beatitudes don’t sound all that easy to bear, until you hear the rewards that follow each particular affliction.
    Then, there is the other piece, intercession. As someone who is called to pray for others, I’ve had to grapple with some fervent prayers that did not go “My way”. It has taken me decades to just understand that God has the master plan. Now, sometimes, rather than pray for a specific single thing, I pray God’s will be made known, for His comfort and peace, for His strength and love to be given, for the company and guidance of The Holy Spirit, etc. I try to give God room to act…he always does, and my faith is growing to see that he is working for the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28)
    Still, since I’m created as a Human, it will always be a struggle. Luckily Papa has patience and a sense of humor!

    1. There’s a lot of God given wisdom in your answer, a lot learned from experience. Once again, our conversations are causing me to grow and stretch, and to see things on a deeper level. In time there will be more people becoming part of the conversation, but for now, what God is doing in and through us is pretty amazing and deep. (Sometimes the delay may even be from others that need to do their part.)

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