“You did not choose me, but I chose and appointed you so that you might go and bear much fruit -fruit that will last- and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” John 15:16
Answered prayers have slowly come into focus recently. Little things I prayed about weeks, months, or years ago, I’ve watched quietly take form. I was driving this morning, down the curvy, farm laced, highway home, and began to count our recent blessings. It felt as though God was reminding me that answered prayer always takes time.
God isn’t on demand. He’s not a magician. We don’t utter the magic words and what we wish suddenly appears. However, we do whisper up our prayers and He hears them. He takes them into account. He sets the world into motion. He knew you would pray the prayers that you do centuries before your mouth ever formed the words. In order for it to be specifically you to utter such prayers at the exact specific time that you did, so many things and events and people had to happen first. Why do we pray for specific things? Because specific things are taking place in our lives. God sees the finished timeline, all the moving pieces, all the hearts involved.
“…but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” John 9:3
Even when it feels like He has instantly answered prayer, the truth is that He was planning that answer all through the ages. I confess that my prayer language has often demanded that He move faster. I failed to see and know that God loves us enough to take exactly the amount of time needed to place answered prayers perfectly.
If you are waiting for God to answer today, I encourage you to shift your language in your conversations with Him. Give thanks, because you can know for sure that He hears you, and speak confidently of His love for you, because you can know He has not forgotten you. Scripture reminds us that in all things we are to give thanks, this means both as we wait and as we receive an answer.
God is patient with us even as we grow wrongfully impatient with Him. I pray our language would be more humble, more at peace, more assured, more faith filled, as we pray and wait. We don’t need instant answers as much as we think we do. We need God’s perfection to work in our imperfect lives. We need God’s will to be done. We need more of Him, and less of us. His love is deep and wide, and His plans for you are perfect. The Lord your God will fight for you. You need only to be still.