DAY 15: PRAY FOR PATIENCE IN YOUR PAIN – MELISSA DIEP

MELISSA DIEP

SCRIPTURE

Micah 7:7
“But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”

DEVOTION

The world that we live in is very fast paced. Now if you are like me and you see that spinning wheel of death when a page online is slowly loading it can cause a little bit of anxiety. We live in an instant culture from instant messaging to instant coffee, to DoorDash, Alexa, and making things happen at the click of our cellphones.

The Lord’s timing is much different from ours and His timing is always perfect. Now, most of you know that my husband and I had gotten Covid in July. We were both admitted to the hospital. I was discharged after 8 days, while to this day (Sept. 12th) my husband is still in the hospital. It’s over 50 days of hospitalization for my husband. How’s that for waiting? When doctors and nurses tell you they are uncertain of what the future holds, your loved one may be in the hospital for days, weeks, months, even longer. Days seem long, nights are sleepless and sometimes it feels like your prayers aren’t heard.

Many great moments were missed in this season of waiting, first birthday, baby milestones, important events, you name it. So, what are you to do when what you wanted in an instant doesn’t happen? When that instant miracle you’ve been praying for is not really happening at the snap of the fingers?

Here’s what you do. In reference to the verse above, you lean in to the Lord. You no longer look left, or right but surrender everything you have in your heart about your situation, all your anxious thoughts, your frustrations, your fears and your dreams, your timeline, you surrender it all to the Lord and wait on Him! In choosing to wait on Him, you are humbling yourself before the Lord and accepting the fact that you are not in control, but you can trust that He is. As you pour out your heart to the Lord, He will give you the peace that surpasses all understanding. As you pour out your heart to Him you are trusting Him in keeping His promises of plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Your eyes, your heart, your whole being is laser focused on the One who holds it all. We have a living God, our prayers do not fall on deaf ears, we can rest assured that God hears our prayers. As we wait on the Lord, we get to experience Him in ways like never before! His timeline may be very different from ours but His timing is always perfect.

PRAYER

Father, you are glorious and holy in all of your ways! You have plans to prosper us and not to harm us. Your timing is good and perfect. Help me Father to be still and patient as I wait on your timing. Give me peace and joy in the wait. Help me Father to encounter you in the wait. Thank you for all that You do and are doing. I pray that I will not be faint when answers are delayed, but rather that I will quietly and patiently rest in Your unfailing promises, as Your Holy Spirit does His work within my heart. Increase my love and dependence upon You so that I may become more like the Lord Jesus in every area of my life, especially in the area of patience as I trust in Your perfect timing. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

ACTION STEP

  • Journal: As you wait on the Lord keep a daily journal of where He is at work in each day. It could be keeping journal of what you are grateful for or prayers that have already been answered. Find God at work in your season of waiting.

IDEAS:

  • Worship to “Wait On You” by Elevation Worship and Maverick City

FITNESS

IDEAS:

  • Run, jog, or walk the fifteenth mile out of the total of 21.
  • Do 24 sit-ups and 24 push-ups.

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