Praise the Lord Beloved.
As I said Monday and Tuesday, scripture makes it clear that our Heavenly Father hears and answers prayer. But we all have experienced a time in our life what we’re praying for get’s delayed.
That’s because at times God has a reason to delay the answer or request we have submitted.
Here is my last reasons for delayed prayer.
Beloved, God delays our prayer(s) is to see how we will respond.
You see an immature Christian would get all bent out of shape and even re-visit old habits, anger and hostility. They may even leave the Christian faith. But the mature Christian will respond with understanding and patience. That’s because their spiritual wisdom has kicked in.
You see the Holy Spirit will work in these times of waiting to mature us and bring forth righteous fruit
or in other words the right things to think and say when our prayer(s) get delayed.
Beloved, let me tell you God sees our every response. His kingdom is not a Burger King
“Have it your way!!!”
But it is the Kingdom of the King of Kings we’re making our request known. So our response should be
“Have Your way God!!! I have moved self aside because I know you’re a right on time God and You don’t make mistakes.”
A few other reasons God delays prayer request is the individual has wrong motives
and the practice of habitual sin stands in the way.
James 4:3 (NLT) says:
3 And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.
Beloved, we all fall short when it comes to God’s standard of holiness, but there are some people who persist in a lifestyle of disobedience. The Lord may delay His answer so He can prompt you to confess your sin and turn back to Him.
Beloved, I’ll be the first to tell you waiting on the Lord isn’t easy.
Your faith and trust are needed.
Hebrews 11:1 (NLT) says:
11 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
So if His answer is delayed to your prayer request, check that
(1) your focus is on Him,
(2) your motive for asking is God-honoring, and
(3) you aren’t practicing habitual sin.
Then believe that His response will be for your good and His glory.
“To God Be the Glory”.