Many of us have experienced God’s immediate answer to our prayers, while other prayers we’ve made have been obviously subject to His will and purpose being fulfilled. In our prayers we should faithfully wait with patience for His answer.
Psalm 27: 14 14Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD
Psalm 37: 34 34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
Psalm 130: 5 5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope
Isaiah 49: 23 23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
Micah 7: 7 7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
Clarke’s Commentary: “Therefore I will look unto the Lord – Because things are so, I will trust in the Lord more firmly, wait for him more patiently, and more confidently expect to be supported, defended, and saved.”
Lamentations 3: 26 26It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD
Psalm 18: 6 6In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
“Christ is the object and ground of the believer’s hope. Let us therefore set our affections on things above, and wait patiently for His appearance, when we shall certainly appear with Him in glory.”—Matthew Henry.
A model of prayer:
THE PRAYER OF DANIEL: “I think I may notice this first as to the antecedents of the prayer. This prayer of Daniel was not offered without consideration. He did not come to pray as some people do, as though it were a thing that required no forethought whatever. We are constantly told we ought to prepare our sermons, and I surely think that if a man does not prepare his sermons he is very blameworthy.
But are we never to prepare when we speak to God, and only when we speak to man? Is there to be no preparation of the heart of man from God when we open our mouth before the Lord? Do not you think we often do, both in private and public, begin to pray without any kind of consideration, and the words come, and then we try to quicken the words rather than the desires coming, and the words coming like garments to clothe them withal?
But Daniel’s considerations lay in this first, he studied the books. He had with him an old manuscript of the prophet Jeremiah. He read that through. Perceiving such and such things spoken of, he prayed for them. Perceiving such and such a time given, and knowing that that time was almost come, he prayed the more earnestly! Oh! that you studied your Bibles more! Oh! that we all did! How we could plead the promises!
How we could plead the promises! How often we should prevail with God when we could hold Him to His word, and say, “Fulfil this word unto thy servant, whereon thou hast caused me to hope.” Oh! it is grand praying when our mouth is full of God’s Word, for there is no word that can prevail with Him like His own. You tell a man, when you ask him for such and such a thing, “You yourself said you would do so and so.” You have him then. And so when you can lay hold on the covenant angel with this consecrated grip, “Thou hast said! thou hast said!” then have you every opportunity of prevailing with him. May our prayers then spring out of our scriptural studies; may our acquaintance with the Word be such that we shall be qualified to pray a Daniel prayer.”— By Rev. Charles H. Spurgeon.
Be still, and know that I am God: Psalm 46:10a