Sometimes prayer lacks words all together. Instead, it is simply BEING in the presence of God.
“Rest IN the Lord and wait patiently for him…” Psalm 37:7
You probably have first-hand experience in at least one aspect of prayer: God does not always answer our requests or our questions right away. His timing is not only different, but it is sovereign. Prayer is not always talking, interacting, speaking, expressing; sometimes prayer has no verbal form – it is heart-to-heart with God, being still in His presence.
Prayer ENJOYS the presence of God
Prayer is not in a hurry. If you enjoy something, you want to make it last. Unless you’re a 5 year old, you savor your ice cream: once it’s gone, it’s gone. Beautiful, breezy, sunny days are good for walks – but not the kind that make you sweat bullets and obliterate the scenery. Stars are amazing creations of God – we gaze up at them, amazed at their glory, and time disappears. A first-time Mom is in no hurry to put her newborn child in the hospital crib. She enjoys her son or daughter. These are special moments – time when the rush of humanity is still, and we stop to simply enjoy. They are moments when it’s easy to be patient.
…but can we enjoy the presence of God when the answer has not come yet…when patience gets more difficult to maintain?
Prayer lacks patience often. Why? Because prayer is rarely answered right away, in the exact way we wish. We lose sight of God’s presence and press for the response. Sometimes we feel we really need the response! God’s silence is inflicting suffering on us! Yet even this can be enjoyed…
“Patience is enjoying the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings in order to give life to others.”
Quiet waiting…it goes against our fidgety soul’s nature. We feel so urged to move on that we wonder if we’ll last til the answer comes. Days and nights can turn into tormenting cycles of waiting and wondering. The very essence of prayer – the presence of God – is lost, out of sight, and this grieves God.
As we close this 31 Day Challenge on prayer today, be not weary in prayer. Patience will be a called-for ingredient in the prayer life and the daily life of every believer for the rest of their days. Be anxious for nothing…but in everything, give thanks…thanks for what? For the gift of the presence of God – that we can simply be quieted and rest in faith (the essential of prayer) that though we do not know what tomorrow holds, we believe in the One who holds tomorrow.
“…for this is the will of God concerning you.”