To request, you have to learn to wait
“Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”
(Psalms 5:3 NTL)
Is interestingly, the relationship between the Psalms 4 and 5, and I do not talk about their numerical sequence; but the fact that practically we are advised standing before God when we are going to bed, and when we wake up, this is the first thing we should do also.
But the psalmist is proposing something more than just bring our requests to God in the morning; he suggests us to “expect” God’s answer, and this is often something we do not like, because we prefer to receive the answer that we want and not always which God wants to give us; on the other hand, in this age of high speed internet and fast foods we want the same thing to happen with our prayers, we want quick answers.
But reading through the scriptures we see that God does not usually act in this way, Moses waited 40 years before seeing the release of the Israelites, and waited another 40 years before seeing the promised land; Paul had to wait about 14 years before starting his ministry after his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus.
Waiting shapes us, makes us depend on God, and increases our confidence in HIM. There is a perfect time for all, the challenge is to wait for God’s time and not allow our desperation make us lose these good plans that God has for our lives.
© David García Licona – August 2013