I have a question for you. When you pray, do you EXPECT an answer? Maybe that sounds silly because why would you pray if you didn’t? And yet, I’m aware that there are many times I’ve thrown prayers up to heaven with very little expectation that I would receive an answer.
Sometimes I’ve treated prayer like one more option to “cover my bases” just in case God is in the mood to drop down an answer on my head. In case not, at least I tried. That’s no way to pray! How do we get into such faulty thinking?
Psalm 5:3 says; “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Now that’s the ticket. We are to wait in expectation. Expectation assumes that we have been heard. Expectation assumes that God WILL answer. Expectation means faith is at work.
Yes, sometimes we have to wait. In our “drive-through, vending machine” culture that doesn’t sit well with us. Maybe we would rather not expect too much than to chance disappointment. But that is not faith and God tells us that without faith it is impossible to please Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
Let’s get in the habit of believing that God hears every prayer. Not only that, God delights in answering and He will answer. He doesn’t have to be in the mood – He’s always in the mood because we are His beloved children. If there is any waiting involved, that’s to make the answer even better. Expect it!
Now for the audio version of this Wake Up Call: