Isaiah 50:7, Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.

Psalm 62:5, Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him.

Psalm 37:7, Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Psalm 130:5, I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His Word I put my hope.

I’ve been teaching a series on Sundays entitled, “Bold: Living An Audacious Faith.” When you pray, expect to hear from God. I can’t say it any simpler than that. Expect that God will answer your prayer. That’s called having faith! But what about those times when God doesn’t answer our prayers quickly? The only thing we can do is wait. Why does God make us wait? Because waiting patiently on God builds our faith! Waiting on God is never a waste of time. It keeps you focused on God and living in light of eternity.

The Bible says there are three things to do as you wait on God to answer your prayer: 1. Dive into God’s Word. Psalm 130:5 states, “ I wait for the Lord… and in His word, I put my hope. 2. Do not fret about others. Psalm 37:7-  “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes” 3. Trust in God. Psalm 62:5- “My soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him.”

When you are waiting for God to answer your prayers, dive into God’s Word, don’t fret about others, and remember our hope comes from God and not our circumstances.

Take care and have a blessed weekend!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D