Impatient Prayer

Usually when I pray, I’m asking God to act on my behalf or behalf of someone else. I don’t always pray with patience. I often pray for God to fix things immediately or instantly. I don’t have time to wait for things to unfold. I want immediate results. I had no idea that David was like that too. Check this out….

1 God, come quickly and save me.
       LORD, hurry to help me.
 2 Let those who are trying to kill me
       be ashamed and disgraced.
    Let those who want to hurt me
       run away in disgrace.
 3 Let those who make fun of me
       stop because of their shame.
 4 But let all those who worship you
       rejoice and be glad.
    Let those who love your salvation
       always say, “Praise the greatness of God.”
 5 I am poor and helpless;
       God, hurry to me.
    You help me and save me.
       Lord, do not wait. (Psalm 70:1-5 NCV)

What’s crazy about this to me is, that I don’t think an impatient prayer ticks God off. I believe He will still act according to His will and His purpose. I do believe that prayer affects the heart of God as well as the actions of God. I believe God can do whatever He wants, whenever He wants.

I think sometimes I am impatient because I’m nearing the end of my rope. I’m struggling to hang on through the crisis and I need immediate and decisive help. God has provided that kind of help in the past, so I’m seen Him in action.  God does teach me through patience. He’s also teaching me through quick responses to my prayers.  Even if He doesn’t answer my “impatient prayer”, I’m still going to pray for immediate action on His part. I must learn to trust Him for what is best –period.

Pressing On!

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