Sometimes we find that we have prayed many times about the same situation and notice there is still no answer. This can be very discouraging and frustrating, making it easy for our joyful attitude to dwindle away. When joy leaves us, it is very easy to settle and simply “learn to live with it” and think “oh well, that’s just the way it is.” God promises to meet all of our needs, and He does not want us to have a negative viewpoint towards our situations.
My God will meet your every need out of his riches in the glory that is found in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 CEB)
Having faith in God keeps the heart hopeful. When you feel like things will never get better, just remember that God is always working on your behalf, even when you don’t know or see all of the details of it. Once we pray about a situation to the Lord, we should expect change to happen and expect it at any time! God’s timing is never wrong.
The attitude we have while we wait for our prayers to be answered determines the length of time that we will have to wait. Constant worry, complaining, and pouting about where we are only slows down the blessings that are waiting to emerge. In turn, keeping a heart that is full of hope and a mouth that is full of praise allows us the freedom to live joyfully, no matter how it looks in the natural world.
Waiting is not a passive task. While waiting, we should practice doing it with an outlook that is hopeful and expectant. Take time while waiting to seek God in everything and communicate with Him non-stop through daily life. Actively thank God in advance for answered prayers. We can do this boldly because we know without a doubt that our Father hears us and he anxiously awaits to bless us.
It pleases God when we demonstrate a high level of faith and hope for the amazing future that He has planned for us. Wake up each day with an attitude of expectancy!
Additional Verses for Further Study:
“I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 CEB)
“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength; they will fly up on wings like eagles; they will run and not be tired; they will walk and not be weary.” (Isaiah 40:31 CEB)
“Lord, you are faithful and I call you friend. Your ways are higher than mine. I need your help as I learn how to wait with a hopeful heart that is full of expectancy. Give me eyes to see you in everything. Forgive me for worrying, complaining, and pouting about situations in my life. I replace all of those negative behaviors with praise instead.”
Wishing you all a great week!