Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. (Heb 10:23)
Prayer sometimes tarries, for God often has His own timing in answering our prayers. The best time for God to answer our prayers could be days, months, or even years later.
The kind of faith that pleases God most is a steady faith. It does not waver from firm belief at one moment to doubts at the next moment. Our patience is bound by our faith in God’s promises. When our patience runs out while waiting for God to answer our prayers, it means that we have lost faith in God. Basically, the length of time we are willing to wait for God boils down to whether we truly believe that God will fulfill our requests, and whether our hearts are open to the fact that God may fulfill our requests in an alternative way, and perhaps even at an alternative time.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Rom 12:12, NIV)
Do not be discouraged and do not cease praying. We must continuously pray until God gives us His promise or grants our requests. If God has heard our prayers, it does not mean that we should stop praying. We should continue praying. But we can change our prayers from requesting to praise and thanksgiving. God’s promise is like a check. It is as good as cash. Every promise of God is built on four foundations: God’s righteousness (does not disown), God’s holiness (does not deceive), God’s grace (does not forget), and God’s faithfulness (does not change).
We need to understand that God sometimes delays His promise. He uses delay to try our faith. Delay is not a refusal. It is God’s grace and wisdom. Delay is not forgetfulness. God prepares His vessels. He lets us gain faith, perseverance, love, and humility. Moses was trained in the wilderness for forty years before God appeared to him in the burning bush. Joseph is another good example. God’s words tried Joseph when he was in prison (Ps 105:19). God had promised that he will be exalted higher than his brothers. Joseph wasn’t released until God’s time was up, and he was then exalted as a prime minister.
We need to endure when doing holy work – enduring sometimes because of the amount of work, and other times because of the persons being dealt with. Let us hold fast and know that God is faithful and that He certainly will repay and reward those who work for Him.