Blog 30 / Our High Calling

Delays Are Part of Answered Prayer

Often we pray for things in our work and see God answer our petitions right away. Other times we might wait for years without seeing answers. Our challenge is to learn to wait on God for His answer. It is natural to want to see our prayers answered quickly but we need to allow God time to do His work. Isaiah 5: 18-19 warns, “Woe to those…who say, ‘Let God hurry, let Him hasten to do His work so we may see it.’”

Delays are as much a part of the answer to prayer as the final outcome. God is not only interested in the end result but in the process also. When we experience a delay, it is not always that God is denying our request, it is just that His timetable is different from ours. He sees the big picture and knows how others will be affected by our asking. He sees where circumstances need to change. He waits also for the prayers of others. Another reason God often allows us to wait is so He can teach us deeper lessons that we might not learn in any other way.

While the purposes of God sometimes seem delayed, they are never abandoned. As Bible commentator Matthew Henry once wrote: “That which is conceived of the Holy Ghost never proves abortive, but will certainly be brought forth in its season.” He also wrote: “Delays of promised mercies, though they exercise our patience, do not weaken God’s promise.”

The Bible speaks much about persisting in prayer, about praying and not fainting. I sometimes wonder how much Christian work has fallen by the wayside because we did not wait for the accomplishing of what we asked in prayer. Maybe we gave up prematurely and therefore did not receive the reward of our waiting.

Are we waiting right now for God to answer some specific need? If so, then don’t lose heart. Keep on praying, even without seeing any visible results. Thank God for this trial of waiting. This delay is just what is needed to develop in us the priceless qualities of steadfastness and perseverance…and a disposition that trusts God’s heart no matter what.

And the more we get to know His heart, the less we will question His timing.


Colin Stott
GRN Global Prayer Coordinator

read colin’s previous blogs:
weapons of our warfare – blog 29
Keeping our spiritual fervor – blog 28
days of great harvest – blog 27
not i but christ – blog 26
what if – Blog 25
praying scripture – Blog 24
Prayer and obedience -Blog 23
the Prayer warrior – Blog 22
time alone with god – Blog 21
last resort – Blog 20
Prayer with rejoicing faith – Blog 19
travel the world through Prayer – Blog 18
lord, break me – Blog 17
ye have not because ye ask not – Blog 16
our Prayers reveal our heart – Blog 15
church of the living god – Blog 14
when we Pray for the lost – Blog 13
more than meets the eye – Blog 12
sugar cubes and  Prayer – Blog 11
it’s a wonderful life – Blog 10
the longings of god – Blog 9
praising god before he answers – Blog 8
no place like home – Blog 7
praying for god’s glory – Blog 6
are we known as formidable opponents – Blog 5
sugar cubes and Prayer – Blog 4
rejocing over god with singing – Blog 3
the indispensable Prayers of the church – Blog 2
the glorious end – Blog 1