We Miss Out When We Refuse to Wait

waiting

Luke 11:5-10 (NIV)

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

 

Just after giving the model of prayer, in the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus uses a story to press home another dimension of prayer.  He describes a man who goes to a friend late at night to borrow some bread.  The friend doesn’t want to help, but ends up giving him the bread because the man continues to ask.  The point, according to Jesus, is that we should keep asking, keep searching, and keep knocking because only then will we get all that we need.  But God already knows our needs, so why make us go through the continual asking, searching, and knocking?

Maybe Jesus knows that we need something that can only come through persistent waiting.  Just as we can’t display love without first having someone to love, we can’t develop perseverance without first having something through which we persevere.  God wants to develop patience and perseverance in us, and He has chosen to do so through moments and even seasons of waiting.  So when we intentionally and habitually avoid waiting, we rob ourselves of becoming the person God created us to be.

Jesus isn’t asking us to always choose the longest checkout line at the store.  But following Him sometimes means that we are asked to do things that are contrary to our impatient nature.  What if we spent time praying in those traffic jams rather than fuming?  What if a confusing time of indecision about the future is God’s call on us to wait on Him in prayer?  His lack of answering prayer may be His best way of drawing us to Him to keep asking.  We will only know if we start waiting.

J.I. Packer, a Canadian Christian theologian once said, “When in doubt, do nothing, but continue to wait on God.  When action is needed, light will come.”  Sometimes we do something just to do something.  Maybe we would be better served by doing nothing and just waiting.  We need to trust that God will work out all things for our own good.

What makes you so annoyed at waiting?

Where do you think God may be calling you to wait and persevere in prayer?

May we approach our times of waiting as a chance to draw closer to God.  We will be rewarded for our waiting many times over.  By not waiting, it usually leads to us settling for something less than what God intended for us and I don’t think that is the kind of treasure that any of us wants.

About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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