Waiting in Prayer is Where We See Answer to Prayer

Waiting in Prayer is Where We See Answer to Prayer

I had a conversation with Martha recently about how I pray. This has not always been the case but I have become a different person in prayer than I once was. I used to use lots of words and often loud volume to communicate my petitions to God but now I have a different mode of operation. I have found waiting in prayer is where we see answers to prayer.

I have come to this position through some heartache. I realized I used to tell God more than listen to Him. The fruit was less than extraordinary. I wish I could say that it was me alone, but I have witnessed it is more widespread than just me. I now believe that most of His answered prayer in my life was in spite of my prayer flailing and because of His total grace. God really doesn’t need me to fill Him in on situations. While He loves to hear my heart, He doesn’t need my opinions and judgments of how things are. You know the ALL-KNOWING, ALL-SEEING GOD doesn’t need mister finite understanding with limited sight to tell Him how things are to be.

Waiting in Prayer

Waiting in Prayer
Much of my current prayer life now lends itself to hearing and holding. I go to Him and wait to hear and once He tells me, I hold in faith what He has said. For instance, we had a precious sister in the Lord call and ask for prayer. She found a lump in her breast and was going to get a biopsy. She wanted her spiritual family to stand with her during this time, just as I would. But upon hearing this news of her situation I didn’t speak, I listened. And almost immediately I was given a faith that there was no way it was cancer. It had to come back as nothing. So this is where I stood and waited. This has happened multiple times for in my life, and I am like a dog with a bone in my faith.

Later that week we got the news, NO CANCER! There just was no way. I heard what the Will of the Father was and I stood to bring heaven down to earth. I wish this could be how it was in every situation, but some situations require more waiting and listening. What they don’t require is my flapping lips and telling God what is happening.

When I listen it isn’t like I am passive. I am honed and focused. I actually am probably more actionable than if I was telling God in my prayer.  I guess this goes along with Matthew 6:7. When you pray, there is no need to repeat empty phrases, praying like those who don’t know God, for they expect God to hear them because of their many words. Prayer is more about connecting with the Father rather than telling the Lord.

Answer to Prayer

Answer to Prayer
Then this morning I saw this on Facebook. It fits what I was saying perfectly. Mike Signorelli said in his sermon about prayer: If your prayer only consists of you talking you’re missing the best part of prayer. Wait and listen. Yonggi Cho has one of the largest churches in the world and a pastor came to him asking, “You have tens of thousands and I only have thousands. What’s the difference because when I pray to God, I can say everything I need to say in 30 minutes?” And Yonggi Cho said, “I also pray for 30 minutes and get everything out. But I spent the next two and a half hours listening after that.

Perfectly stated! I am so pleased the Lord has brought me to the place that I wait and listen. It has been extremely beneficial and actually a huge faith builder. My prayer life is union life with Jesus. It is a place of communion not a putting my orders in with the Divine Grocer.

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    • Anna

      I will wait and listen.

      • Me too Anna! Much to listen and wait about huh?!

    • Don Hartness

      Many are those who can’t tell the difference between His voice and their inner own dialogue because they don’t take the time to listen. For those of us who are hard-headed (raises hand), a few bumps and bruises will make you pay attention!

      • I certainly can show you a few of my knots…🤪😉

    • Wanda

      Thank you, John. That goes right along with what the Lord has been dealing with me on. I have received several confirmations, but this was the clearest I’ve heard. Much love to all.

      • So pleased to hear this was clearly stated. It is quite a lesson and I am grateful for the Lord’s light and direction. He truly will keep us. Love you Wanda!

    • Nancy

      My prayer life has changed too especially after read Psalm 140 in the Passion Bible–“I waited, and waited, and waited some more, patiently, knowing God would come through for me. ” Knowing God’s ways in the middle of crisis, knowing His faithfullness first hand, makes one hunger and thirst for the Life offered, that He gives so freely. Thank you John and Jesus for this blog today!

      • Blessing you Nancy! I love that translation, it so speaks to me. It is in my rotations when I am looking for the perfect words for the blog. Thank you for sharing this one. It is truly hopeful. So grateful for your encouragement! Love you.

    • Cathy

      It’s no secret that I LOVE His appearing thru you. Thank You Father for sharing Your heart through John….sooooograteful!❤️

      • You are a HUGE blessing to me. Thank you Cathy! I can’t tell you how much that means.

    • Nancy

      Sorry Bible verse is Psalm 40:1.

    • LeAnn Zeitouni

      I have heard it said: ‘Simplicity is the key to the Christian life’
      In a world full of panicked prayers, your calm reassurance that our Father IS the Lord God—that He is indeed SOVEREIGN—is like a deep breath of fresh air, John. Health and peace!

      • If this is what I am communicating I am beyond thrilled. Thank you for this huge encouragement LeAnn! Love you.

    • Anonymous

      Hey there. I hope you are still replying to these comments years later. I know that of course God does not need to respond to us audibly if he does not choose to, but what is a realistic amount of time you would guess you typically wait, from your last spoken word, from when you hear from him? No one has ever mentioned this so I have no idea if this is 10-30 seconds for most people, or 20 minutes or anything in between. Would be very helpful thank you in advance!

      • Thank you so much for commenting and asking this question. I would love to relay to you my personal experience of this. While others might have different experiences, this is mine.

        For me, the Lord speaks at just the right time, depending on the situation. While at times He speaks immediately, or even before the question is asked, at others it takes time…sometimes much time. I have learned to trust the process and lean into Him to get the answers. I have found that when I go to Him with demands and expectations, I often can leave disappointed and trying to figure out if it is even worth it. But as I have gotten closer to Jesus, I have seen the answers always come at just the right time. I think the best way to approach all prayer, is that it is for a relationship and to get to know Him and His Ways. This sets my motivation and focus on Him, not the answer, like a vending machine.

        I had it when I closed my eyes and got quiet; the answer was there waiting. I have also had it where I leave my prayer time and I don’t hear a reply for weeks or months. Where this would have discouraged me in the past, it is now more tolerable. I still don’t like it but I know He has me and is not neglecting me.

        Does this help at all?
        Bless you,
        John

    • Anonymous

      Johnnnnnn! This was so sweet!!! You didn’t have to take all that time to respond. I really appreciate it. <3
      I love your unfiltered answer. The only question I would ask is (and again, I know this can vary greatly from person to person!) has God ever answered audibly to a question you had during prayer after minutes of silence? Or so far have you pretty much known if he is going to respond during that session right away? Again NO PRESSURE, I know you are not speaking for everyone lol.

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