I want instant answers to my prayers.
Why can’t my prayers be like pop-tarts?? Unwrap ’em, pop ’em in the toaster, and zingo, answers.? I don’t want to have to have patience.? In fact, I never pray for patience, because I know that the only way for God to build patience into me is to place me in a situation where I actually need patience.? I’d like a large order of patience, and a side of fries.? Now.? And super-size it while you’re at it.
But it’s through faith and patience we inherit God’s promises (HEB 6.12).
It’s by fighting to? cling to God’s promises? when we can’t see anything that resembles an answer for weeks, months, or years that we gain those promises.
Like a gardener who plants a seed, and every day in faith goes to his garden and waters the ground, though he sees nothing happening on the surface.? Yet he is convinced that something’s going on under ground.? If he’s persistent and doesn’t give up, eventually he’ll see the plant sprout and bear fruit.
We must learn from Elijah not to give up.
In 1 Kings 18, he and his servant climb Mount Carmel where Elijah prays fervently for rain.? Then he calls his servant. “Go up and look toward the sea.? Tell me what you see.”
The servant walks to the edge of the cliff, scans the horizon.
Servant: “Blue skies, smiling at me.? Nothing but blue skies do I see.”
Elijah prays some more.? “Go look again.? Anything?”
Servant: “Nope.? Nada.? Not even a cloud.”
Six times Elijah prays, and six times, no change.? He tells his servant a seventh time to go look again.? Can you imagine the servant by now?? “Right boss, whatever you say.”
Just as he’s about to return with another report of zippo, wait, what’s that tiny puff of white on the horizon?? Can it be…a cloud?? Before long the skies grow black with rain and Elijah’s servant is scrambling for his umbrella.
Keep praying.? Keep believing.? Keep asking, seeking, knocking.? Keep watching for the answer.? One of these days you’ll see that tiny cloud forming, then get ready to run for cover.
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