The Ability to See
Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God. ~ Romans 4:20
The frustrated man told me, “God hasn’t answered my prayer! What am I doing wrong? If He’s not going to answer, I’m not going to pray about this anymore.” He was angry and becoming bitter. In fact, he had already completely stopped praying.
I think most of us go through times when we wonder how long we’ll have to wait for our prayers to be answered. When the results seem to be contrary to our expectations or don’t come as quickly as we hope, many begin to doubt and some even stop believing.
The simple fact is that we can trust God to answer our prayers in His way and in His timing, which is much better than ours. We can have confidence, assurance, and faith that God absolutely loves, hears, and understands us—and that He cares about our needs.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and
assurance about what we do not see. ~ Hebrews 11:1
Think about this: Abraham (the father of our faith) received a promise from God that he and Sarah would have a multitude of descendants (see Gen. 16 & 21:8–21). The problem was that they were both old and had no children. Like many, they became tired of waiting for God to work it out. Instead, they thought they had a great way to fulfill God’s promise to them, and they decided to take matters into their own hands.
Doing what they felt would work caused seemingly insurmountable problems that continue in the world today. It also caused much confusion and antagonism in their own family, the children of Abraham.
Abraham discovered that when he tried to accomplish the will of God on his own, it didn’t work. However, when he trusted God and His timing and had faith that His promises would be fulfilled, life worked. The result was that Abraham and Sarah became known as people of tremendous faith—even the father and mother of our faith.
"Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations,
just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” ~ Romans 4:18, 22
Abraham and Sarah’s faith was bigger than their seemingly logical decisions or their common sense. They came to the conclusion that they needed to trust God and believe, even though they couldn’t see the results in their lifetime.
You can trust God.
During a time of confusion and uncertainty, you can trust God. Perhaps you’re living in what seems like a perfect storm, where the onslaught of the enemy is threatening to take you down. You can trust God to be your rear guard and to vindicate you.
Find a place of prayer somewhere removed from distractions. Choose a location in your home or anywhere you can find solitude. Clear the noise of your own thinking and planning, and calm your spirit so you can listen for the voice of the Lord. Pray with details. Tell Him the specific miracles or answers you think you need. Pray specifically so you will know when He answers specific prayers. Express your needs and requests to the Lord. Then wait for His timing. Listen for His voice and obey. When you pray this way, you will begin to hear answers. You’ll get fresh insights. Pastor Yonggi Cho frequently says, “When you pray, listen and obey.”
You can trust the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you wait for God’s solution.
Always know that I am ….
Your Friend and Servant in Christ
Wayde Goodall, D.Min.
Dean, College of Ministry