Our pastor friend and his wife had a baby girl yesterday. We were blessed to visit with the family while waiting because the baby was born in Arkadelphia. We were also blessed to know the doctor and we had already told the parents that he was a godly man and great doctor. The little darling was born by caesarian so we all expected things to be quick and easy. But as we waited to hear that the baby arrived it took more time than we all thought. Waiting was not easy. Having been down that hall with my own grandchildren being born, I always had the luxury of having my ear to the delivery room door. We were outside the hallway. Finally, we got word the baby had arrived and all was well. Still it took a while. We couldn’t help but pray and hope that everything was okay. We stayed until the grandparents could visit with baby and mother and then we left.
Life is like a waiting room. We go through things, but we always expect and pray for them to be quick and easy. Yet there are times when the answer to prayer lingers. We begin to wonder. Did we pray something wrong? Is God upset with us? Has the prayer fallen on deaf ears? We want answers. Sometimes we want answers more than we want the One who Answers. We fret and we walk the floor. We try to look through the window of the future and down the hall but we see nothing. Others know we are waiting. Some stay with us the entire time. They labor with us in prayer and they attend to our spiritual needs. Others can’t wait. They need to move on. No fault of theirs, they just choose not to stay. There is also one who will try to steal your prayers away and keep you worrying, fretting and eventually give you doubts that all will turn out. He is your enemy and He is the father of lies. His desire is to get you to quit praying. He wants you to give up when the road is long and the wait is tiring. He’ll whisper lies into your mind: Will God answer? Is everything going to be alright? Is the Word really true? Where is God right now?
Oh beloved, you may be in a waiting room, but this room is a House of Prayer! Everything you worry about is fuel for prayers to be answered. Quit worrying! You are in GOOD HANDS. You are in the hands of the One Who spoke the world into existence, blew the stars into place and the One who picked you before the foundation of the world. He sees you waiting. He sees your pain. He sees your concern and yet He says “ask Me”. And He says “no good thing will I withhold for those who walk uprightly”. The enemy may say well, you’re not perfect, uprightly? But God says I AM your uprightness. I AM the Lord who has given you your righteousness and I AM the One who hears all prayers and answers right on time. Don’t quit praying now. The answer is right there, beyond the door of your future, down the hall. Even when things look bad you can know that God is with you, hearing every heartfelt request and giving you strength to stand when all is falling apart.
God loves you and He’s for you. Talk to Him often. Speak His Word to Him. Speak His Word out loud. Nothing is ever going to separate you from God’s love so you can keep taking all your needs and the needs of your loved ones to Him. Pray for discernment so you know how to pray rightly. This God is no distant creator, He’s your King and your Savior and your Intercessor forever!
Psalm 66:19 But certainly God has heard; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.
Psalm18:6 In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came before him, into His ears.
Psalm 31:22 In my alarm I said, “I am cut off from your sight!” Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help.
Romans 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Psalm 116:2 Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!
Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.