Jeremiah 42:7 “And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah.”
Each of us has certain people, certain things or certain times that frustrate us.
There is that one that comes to us needing help, instruction or rescuing. We get frustrated because they so quickly return to the activity that got them in trouble in the first place. We get frustrated because though we strictly warn them, they are like the Proverb:
Proverbs 26:11 “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.”
When time is of the essence and we have not prepared well, the smallest of things will frustrate us. Because our expectations are not met, we lash out at times, at those closest to us; spewing our vitriol on them.
Proverbs 14:29 “He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.”
Proverbs 21:5 “The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.”
Proverbs 29:5 “Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.”
When others are promoted before us; though we worked hard and feel deserving, they were chosen over us.
When the blessing eludes us, the promotion misses us or the finances just don’t seem to grow like we think they should; the times of our life can be so frustrating unless we are waiting on the Lord.
We are often impatient with people, things and circumstances. But when that impatience is turned to God, we begin to accuse Him of things He never promised He would do.
Often, we project our desires as prayers and then when God doesn’t answer like we thought He should, HE becomes the object of our frustration – and not ourselves.
To prevail in prayer means we must continually be humble, and in subjection to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Waiting on God takes time.
Waiting on God means we must be void of expectation.
Waiting on God takes a two-way communication with God to listen for His answer.
Waiting on God means that the answer might not even line up with what I find acceptable.
Here in America, the pace of life, information and technology move at such a rapid pace it is often hard to keep abreast of it all. We have forsaken human interaction for texts, emails, Snapchats, Twitter feeds and Facebook posts. To process through an issue with another human being becomes tedious and frustrating – it is no wonder that violent crimes are on the rise.
When someone doesn’t agree with us or fails to see our point of view, our reaction is the result of our own frustration.
But, when God takes His time in answering us, our natural tendency is to get frustated with Him as well. If that time doesn’t fit into our expectation, we get mad, frustrated, angry and ultimately walk away thinking God doesn’t care.
When our need becomes so great that only God can answer, we bow ourselves and stay there until we truly do get the answer we are seeking. Often, it is not the answer that is the important thing. It is the time we spend with our Heavenly Father that matters most to Him.
If we only come when the needs are great or the crisis unmanageable, God becomes that ‘genie in the bottle’, or that ‘lucky rabbit’s foot’.
When I have taken the time to spend more than a few minutes in prayer, I have found that the reason that I came is secondary to who I found Him to be when I got there.
Not only was He the God that could calm the storm, but He was also the God that could calm the storm in me.
He brought peace when I did not seek it.
He showed me love when I felt unworthy.
He brought me close when I felt so dirty.
He cleansed me when I could not remove the stain my sin had left behind.
He restored the connection in our relationship when I felt I had severed it forever.
Prevailing prayer; waiting on God can do so many things. He is worthy of ALL our time, not just some of it.
To prevail is to literally win the battle over our flesh that wants to pull away from God when spending time in prayer is what is needed.
We must prevail when our mind says that God doesn’t care, or isn’t interested, or is too busy with weightier matters.
Faith must win over our doubt, our fear and our insecurity.
Prevail with God and you will gain confidence in your relationship and deepen your love for God.
It is one of the sweetest victories you will ever experience!