FAITH CAPSULE: Experience of waiting with patience is rooted in watch and pray.
In the journey of life, it is always better when taking to every word of God as a warning which will always encourage and serve as a direction not to miss in the presence of God. Jesus word asked for all man to pray and watch, not just to pray.
Matthew 26:41, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Mark 13:33, “Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.”
Luke 21:36, “Watch, therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Watching and praying is a command to obey God, the evidence of seeking God diligently.
Experience of waiting with patience:
Experience of waiting with patience is rooted in obedience to the repeated word of Jesus’ asking from all to watch and pray. One that watches in time of prayer will understand and know not to look away from God but looking up to God for an answer. With watching and praying, waiting with patience will be the expectation for manifestation.
Waiting of time on God is not in waiter’s control but demands patience to get an answer from God.
Waiting on God can take longer than expected or shorter than expected when one is waiting to hear from God.
For example, when Mr. A’s short time of waiting before God to get an answer from God, it does not mean that Mr. B’s experience with a short or long time will get the same answer of Mr. A.
Is your waiting experience before God for answers taking longer than expected?
King David, once at a time of waiting for God’s salvation, testified his experience as stated: “Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary with my crying; my throat is dry; my eyes fail while I wait for my God.” (Psalm 69:1-3)
King David encountered a grave challenge when he could not stand but sank in a deep mire. In his challenge, there was no sign of any answer for his deliverance, yet he does not look away from God. David did not have a “back-up plan for his faith” but to wait on God without ceasing.
In a time of King David’s waiting, he prayed: “But as for me, my prayer is to You, O LORD, in the acceptable time; O God, in the multitude of Your mercy, hear me in the truth of Your salvation deliver me out of the mire and let me not sink…” (Psalm 69:13-14)
The combination of prayer and expectation; waiting patiently before God will position man for getting answers from God. Give self to the word of God and be able to recognize your answer from God when it comes.
Prayer for today: Ask God for his word to be established in your life.