SCRIPTURAL VERSE: ROMANS 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithfu in prayer
To pray is by implication to patiently wait on God. This waiting deepens our desire of God. Waiting should ignite the spark of prayer in every Christian. While we wait on God, we should not be idle. In actual sense, waiting means eager expectancy. Life itself is full of waiting. We wait for buses, we wait for calls from friends and loved ones, workers wait for their salary, students wait for examination results, farmers wait for rain, children wait for their parents to come back home from work and expectant mothers wait for the day of their delivery. Waiting on God demands patience and the fruit of waiting is sweet.
Our generation today is plagued by the culture of speed. We live in an “instant” age: instant communication, instant money transfer, instant noodles etc. we only need to press the button and we get what we want. We must also know that prayer is not an instant affair. Prayer requires waiting, patience and perseverance. God is a very patient person. He is never in a hurry but he is always on time. The grace of not having our prayers answered instantly is a precious grace. It schools us in patience and teaches us perseverance. Prolong perseverance in prayer is far more precious than a petition quickly granted. Patience in prayer has has a way of building and moulding us into spiritual maturity. Don’t stop praying because you are yet to get answer….