Waiting on God
On May 2, Americans observe the National Day of Prayer. Waiting on God is an important component of prayer. It’s hard to understand why God delays when we cry out for help. Why does He allow us to suffer, when He could just say the word and make it all better? Why must we wait?
Consider a child whose parents always give her whatever she asks, as soon as she asks for it. That child has little opportunity to learn patience or gratitude. Because she doesn’t know what it’s like to not have, she cannot appreciate the true value of something.
God may have some of these things in mind when our prayers go unanswered for a time. As the psalmist exhorts, “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14).