IN TIMES LIKE THESE…
Kansas City, Kansas
When our prayers seem to go unanswered, and when things don’t go the way we had hoped they would for whatever reason; not just some selfish desire, but a sincere desire for good and it doesn’t happen, such as, for someone to be saved, or for someone to grow spiritually and come into a closer relationship with our Lord. These prayers can be long waited for with no apparent result, or it even could be that everything seems to be going terribly wrong.
The Holy Spirit turns us to truth and hope in Hebrews 10:35-36. “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” And remember that God’s time table is different than ours. II Peter 3:8-9, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one things, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
And meanwhile as we wait we turn to God’s Word and He will council us, give us peace, refresh us and show us how much He loves us. This was the Apostle Paul’s prayer for the church. Colossians 1:9-12, “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.”