“In the morning, O Lord, you will hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly,” Psalm 5:3
Spending time with God in prayer daily and laying our requests before God is the easy part. The real challenge is “waiting expectantly” some times for long periods of time for our prayers to be answered .
The hard part is resisting the urge to run ahead of God and try to make things happen in our own effort and ability (See the blog I wrote I should of WAITED). The truth is when we’ve been praying and waiting for a LONG time it’s very easy to become disappointed. There is a temptation to secretly give up believing that God will answer our prayers and stop expecting the situation to change.
I’ve never heard anyone talk about the pain and disappointment that comes from failed expectations, so it’s easier to stop expecting anything so that you won’t be disappointed. There’s nothing worse than failed expectations, it leads to frustration, discouragement and depression (See the blog I wrote Silent Frustrations). People will smile in your face and you’ll never know they are depressed from failed expectations and where life has them right now.
We need get to a place where we either believe God or not. What’s the point in praying if you don’t believe that God will answer your prayer? There is POWER in our expectations.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” Hebrews 11:1
We cannot have faith without hope and the expectation that God is who he says he is and will do what he said he will do. Hope is having the expectation that something good is going to happen. Why? Because God SAID IT in his word and it’s impossible for God to lie. The word of God is full of precious promises which will be fulfilled at an appointed time.
Last year, I promised my nephew that I’d take him with me to Paris with a friend who was visiting from Texas. Several weeks later I spoke to him on FaceTime and he said: “Aunty, YOU SAID that we were going to France.” He was testing me to see if I meant what I said because people saying things and don’t follow through on what they say. If I’m a human that stood by a promise I made to a nine-year old how much more will God fulfil the promises that have been made to us in his word.
My nephew brought me into remembrance of what I SAID. We need to bring God into remembrance of what he said. “Lord, you said in Joel 2:25 that you will restore me. In Psalm 91 you said that you will be my refuge and protect me. In Jeremiah 29:6 you said that I should increase not decrease.” Watch God move when you stand by what HE SAID. God Can not lie.
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23: 19 (KJV).
We need to go from having low expectations to great expectations in God. I don’t know why the Holy Spirit had me writing this. I believe that there are a lot of weary people who have secretly given up and stopped expecting God to fulfil his promises because they’ve been waiting for a lot time. They have convinced themselves that their situation may not changed so they have secretly settled with low expectations from a limitless God.
The word of God is full of promises for his children. We need to EXPECT God to not only answer our prayers but exceed our expectations. God will keep his word and his promises will be manifested in your life. EXPECT IT!!!!!!!!! As long as our prayers are in line with the word of God, its just a matter of time…….Get ready, Get ready, Get ready!!
While we wait, one of the most powerful things that we can do is choose several promises in the word of God that are applicable to our situation and write them out on a card. Speak them out loud!!! Speak life!!!
“So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very thing I heard you say,” Numbers 14:28
Regardless of how long we’ve been waiting for God’s promises to be fulfilled let’s have faith that God will do it and it will be better than we expected. God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above what we ask or think (Ephesians 3: 20-21)
“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also, along with him, freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32
Stand on his word and his promises.
God is faithful