Why Is It So Hard To Wait On The Lord?

Are you trusting God for something right now? Do you find it to be a struggle to wait for Him to answer your request? In this article, I want to encourage you to keep waiting for God, as He is never late in delivery.

Although waiting for God might not seem that easy or fun, God expects you to wait for Him. But not only does He want you to wait, He wants you to wait patiently and joyfully for Him for as long as it takes. How do you do that? Sure, a few days or maybe a week is tolerable, right? But for as long as it takes? What does that even mean?

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I have been praying for a breakthrough in certain areas of my life for quite some time now. I don’t mean that I pray occasionally, I mean I’ve been praying both alone and with my wife each and every day for God to come through. But still, no answer. I’ve found this to take tremendous faith to keep pressing on in prayer and waiting expectantly, especially while trying to remain joyful. But I’ve also found it to be good practice.

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I’ve certainly had my share of days of kicking and screaming and complaining that God hasn’t answered my prayers, but I can assure you, it hasn’t sped up God or the process in any way. If you are waiting for God to move in your life, the answer is more of God and less of you and your request.

I’ve found that I’m most able to press on and joyfully wait on the Lord when I pray to Him about the situation and leave it with Him. In the meantime, I focus on doing good for Him and working on my relationship with Him instead of focusing on the issue that is going on in my life. I’ve found that worrying about the situation hasn’t helped, but only worsened it.

So, the most comfortable way to wait on the Lord is to shift your focus away from the issue and onto serving the Lord and helping others. Keep believing God for what you’ve prayed for and be expectant for Him to deliver at just the right time.

3 Verses to encourage you while you wait on the Lord

Another way to ease the pain of waiting is to immerse yourself in the Word of God when the pain becomes unbearable. Find some soothing promises of God and read them out loud and think about them. Pray to God about them and agree that you will wait as long as it takes and that you trust God to maintain you in the best way while you wait.

There are thousands of promises of God in the bible, and no matter what it is you’re going through, there is something for the mood. In this article, I’ve only included three that pertain to waiting on the Lord. There are many more.

Spend time learning Scripture and also spend time around other believers. It generally doesn’t take long before your interest shifts from your problems to theirs. Since you can’t speed up time through worry, you might as well make yourself helpful to others and look for ways to be used by God. Talk to other believers about the waiting process and see how they cope. Talk about the Scriptures you’ve been learning.

To get you started, here are the three I’ve picked;

  • Psalm 27:14
  • Lamentations 3:25
  • Galatians 6:9

Psalm 27:14

“Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the LORD!”

It does take strength to wait on the Lord. As soon as you tell God that you’re going to wait as long as it takes, guess who shows up? That’s right, the devil. He shows up and says, “Oh yeah? We’ll see about that.”

It takes tremendous courage each day to stand firm against the devil and to make a choice to follow God. It takes effort to not give in and get frustrated with God because He’s taking too long or not stepping in when it’s hard. But understand; He’s left you with the power of His Spirit within you to press on and get through it – even joyfully.

The Holy Spirit will strengthen you each day and throughout the day, but you need to call on Him and surrender to Him. The devil will make you angry and he will remind you that God is taking a long time to deliver on His promises and to answer your requests. But don’t let him get to you. He’s a nuisance. Send him away in the name of Jesus.

Keep doing what you know is right and keep doing what you know to do.

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In my situation, I’ve been trying to figure out what my next steps are in life for me and my family, but through all my asking and seeking of God, all that I keep hearing is to keep doing what I know to do. Well, for me, this means to keep writing these articles and taking care of my family. Right now, this is the only door that is open to me. I’m not sure when God will open the next door for me to go through, but I’m working on learning to wait patiently with hope, joy, and expectancy.

Lamentations 3:25

“The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.”

Waiting on the Lord is a form of obedience. This is a great way to please the Lord and gain His favor over your life. Even if He doesn’t answer your primary prayer right away, isn’t it nice to be on God’s good side?

What can you do right now to improve on your daily walk with Jesus? How spiritually mature and knowledgeable do you feel you are?

Learning God’s Word and worshiping God will drastically improve your relationship with Him. Each day, spend time with Him. Bring your requests to Him and leave them with Him. Trust that He heard you and is taking care of it in the background. In the meantime, enjoy building a relationship with Him through song and praise and prayer and reading and fellowshiping with other believers and doing good.

If you aren’t sure what you can do to serve the Lord, ask Him for things to do. I’ve done this before and usually within that same day of asking, and sometimes the next day, someone would phone me and ask for help with this or that or to volunteer with something. It’s funny how it works out, but it’s not simply coincidence; it’s God’s hand at work in your life. Some things that you ask God for will take time and others will be answered quickly.

But when He does answer and give you a task, accept it through obedience and make the best of it. This also shows God that you’re responsible and a good steward and ready for more opportunity. Who knows what can come of it, right?

Galatians 6:9

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

To add to things already discussed, keep doing good. God is good and God is generous and helpful and loving. This is how He wants you to be, too. Don’t be surprised when you find lots of Scripture that indicates that God wants you to use your time helping others and doing God’s work.

Doing God’s work might not pay well. It might not pay at all. But God keeps tabs on those who do good, and you’re no exception. There’s a thing called “Treasures in Heaven.” God tells you to store up your wealth and treasures in Heaven where they will last forever.

Every time you do a good thing for the Lord through love and kindness, God marks that down. These add up. It’s important to keep an understanding that much of the Scripture that promises harvests and blessings and rewards and treasures, and inheritances are generally talking about eternal life with Jesus Christ.

This doesn’t mean that God won’t open His floodgates and pour out a blessing in some way while you’re on earth, though. He knows exactly what you need, and He does reward good behavior. Keep doing good while waiting on Him and you will start to see blessings show up in your life in various ways.

For me, I see God providing for us in numerous small ways. I also see Him working directly in my life as He is helping me grow in spiritual maturity. As for reaping a harvest in due season, well, I’m trying to keep optimistic with a good attitude about it. I’m sure I’m more likely to have my prayers answered if I follow God with a happy and faithful attitude then if I was to spend all my time complaining.

Oh, and one quick thought before I wrap this up; if you have prayed for something and are now waiting, be sure you are ready. Just like a farmer who tills his fields and plants his seed in anticipation for the coming rain which will surely bring a bountiful harvest, be sure that you’ve prepared your fields to receive your harvest.

Are you truly prepared to receive that which you’ve asked for? Perhaps God is waiting for you to get ready!

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Waiting isn’t fun. It seems like everywhere you go you are asked to wait. But we’re not talking about doctor’s offices or traffic here; we’re talking about waiting on God. He’s the One who’s able to make things happen in your life. He’s the One who’s given you Life and the free gift of Salvation through grace.

God wants you to spend your time in peace and with joy in your heart. In fact, He expects it. He has given you all the power you need to walk in peace and joy as you have His power within you – the power of the Holy Spirit. Lean on Him when you’re weak. Don’t let your attitude go bad. He will help you and lift you up. If you find that the devil is getting the better of you, especially while you are waiting on God and experiencing a dry period in your life, turn away from Satan and turn to worshiping God.

As you learn to do this, you’ll find that waiting on the Lord is actually not that bad. But it does require a shift in your focus. Even if you praise God and sing worship songs and read the bible, if you spend time thinking about lack or limitation or what you wish you had, you will get frustrated. So, instead, get yourself busy for the Lord and do good while trusting Him to take care of you and expectantly wait for Him to deliver. If He doesn’t give you what you’ve been asking for and waiting for, He’ll often give you something better that is truly a blessing for you.

If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, you can follow this link (Prayer for Salvation) to find out how. Also, if you need prayer for your life or your family, click here to send in your prayer request. My wife and I would love to pray for you.

Take care!

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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