Tired of Waiting on God
Tracie Miles

"Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them." Genesis 25:26a (NIV)

Do you ever get tired of waiting on God to answer your prayers? Recently, I began to feel a sense of frustration with the wait, and also a little bit tired.

Tired of saying the same old prayer day after day, month after month, year after year. Tired of telling God about the same old problems that were still going on. Tired of hearing myself pray about the same old problems, leading me to wonder if God was as tired of hearing my prayer requests as I was of praying them.

So I bowed my head and admitted to God that I was simply tired of the wait.

In a heavy state of emotional tiredness, I turned to the crisp, white pages of my Bible. I was hoping God would illuminate a few verses that would jump out of the book and straight into my heart.

I began reading about when Isaac's wife Rebekah gave birth to twin sons. One particular sentence caught my eye and I went back to read it again and again. My heart leapt as I realized God was using this one little sentence to speak hope into my spirit. He used His spiritual highlighter just as I had wanted.

Genesis 25:26 tells us that Isaac was sixty years old when his twins were born; a simple Bible fact, yet profoundly meaningful to me on this specific day. You see, Isaac had been patient for the Lord to provide the perfect wife; he was forty years old when he married Rebekah. If you do the math you realize Isaac waited twenty years for Rebekah to bear him children! He could have chosen a concubine to bear him a son. But he was a man of great patience who waited on God. Eventually his patient faith was rewarded.

Isaac never gave up hope that his Lord could make the impossible, possible. He had learned that his Lord would provide. So he continued to pray the same desperate prayer for a son, day after day, month after month, year after year. In fact, we learn in Genesis 25:21 that "Isaac pleaded with the Lord" (NLT), meaning he earnestly and strongly prayed about his problem. He did not half-heartedly ask God for a son, he pleaded! He begged. He poured his heart out.

I can envision Isaac passionately pleading to God throughout those twenty years, with out-stretched arms and a tear-stained face pressed against the hot, dirty soil, begging God to answer his prayer.

Isaac was surely tired of the wait, but he never stopped praying or believing that his dreams could come true. And in God's perfect timing, they did.

If you are tired of the wait, you may be pleading to God just like Isaac. It may take twenty years for God to answer our prayers, or it may only take twenty minutes. But today, let us find comfort in remembering Isaac's patient faith and take hope in believing that God is not tired of hearing our prayers. Instead, He is simply waiting for the perfect time to answer.

Dear Lord, please help me have patience and faith while I wait to hear from You. Help me live in excited anticipation for the day when I will see how You answer my prayers. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Visit Tracie’s blog for more encouragement about faith in the waiting

Reinventing Your Rainbow by Tracie Miles

What to Do in the W.A.I.T: Finding Contentment in God's Pauses and Plans (CD) by Wendy Pope

For more hope, read Scribbled on Dreams

Application Steps:
Consider prayers that have not been answered, but which you have not prayed about lately. Ask God to give you a renewed hope about those desires and faithfully wait on His timing.

Reflections:
Have I stopped praying about something because I've grown tired of waiting on God?

Power Verses:
Psalm 27:14, "Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD." (NIV)

Isaiah 40:31, "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." (KJV)

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14 Comments:

Blogger KARUNIA said...

Great testimonial as the answer of our tired to seek HIS respond for our pray. Yes, patient in Him.
Thank you.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How i feel blessed reading your devotionals! At this time, i also need to seek God's will, and to wait for His perfect timing!

God bless you all!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANKS FOR THIS!!! I guess God is trying to telll me something as this is the third time that Isaiah 40:31 has sprung out at me in my daily devotionla readings.
May God bless you.x xx

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My family and I have been praying for my sister for going on 7 years. She has been struggling with homosexuality and it has deteriorated her life. At one point in her life we know that she started a relationship with Christ, but since she has pulled away from God and our family. This devotion came at an appropriate time, because I am tired of praying and waiting too. Thank you for the encouragement!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I needed this deevotion also. There has been a situation that has been troubling me for almost 20 years. I, too, need to be patient for the Lord to answer in His time, not mine. Thanks for the devotion. I have just started and I am loving it already.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel that this verse is a promise to me that eventually I will be able to have at least one child. I just had a "discussion" with my husband last night about when we could start a family. He brought up that a woman in the bible had a child at an old age (He said 90, ha!) How great a joy there is when we receive things from God that we have prayed for, things that God knows as the desires of our heart. I will wait on the Lord and have peace.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

so do we continue to ask God for the same thing over and over?? or do we ask once and then just wait?

Blogger MrsLouis01 said...

Thank you so much. I have been praying about my marriage and other things and it seems that I will never get an answer from God. Thank you for the encouragement on how to wait on God. I have grown tired in prayer and I know that it's time to get back on the prayer line....

Anonymous Jennifer Renee said...

This devotion has been a blessing to me. All my life I was visually impaired but almost nineteen years ago I lost all my sight. I do see a little light and shadow at times but it's not enough to be of any help. Some people who are blind see complete darkness. I used to always pray about recieving my sight back, at least the amount I used to have but I know God is able to do more than that. I haven't prayed about getting my sight back in a very long time. Instead I've been discouraged about being blind. Your devotion has encouraged me to start praying again and waiting paciently for God to bless.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have wondered for 15 years about a person and 2 nights ago I found info on them. God KNOWS each and everyone of our hearts and He will take care of this situation as He sees to and in His Timing! Wow what a heartful. Never give up on God. God's Blessings to you all today, God is Great! Bp in OR

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a blessing to know that God is not tired of hearing our prayers, but is simply waiting for the perfect time to answer. Oh, how I love Him & His Sovereign Love & I want to really Live in excited anticipation of the day when I see how He answers. I'm trying to do what Lysa said the other day & bookending my prayers with THANKFUL & WATCHFUL & to intentionally watch for God.
Colossians 4:2 "Devote yourselves to prayer being WATCHFUL & THANKFUL"

I'm learning that....
3/5th's of fAITh is in the wAIT
Love & Prayers :O)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very inspiring message indeed! God made everythin beautiful in its time. He is never a moment late a minute early.

Jeremiah 29:11 "For l know the plans l have for you" declares the Lord "plans not to harm you but plans to give you hope and a future."

Godbless!

Anonymous Margie said...

This was good for me to read even if I'm a day behind. I use to pray a lot for my hearing loss... more than 50% on the right side and 25% on my left side. I have been in denial for more than 10yrs. I knew that their was a problem when I had no one to help me hear what people was saying... you see my mother was my ears for a very long time, but she is with our Lord :0) It took that situation to accrue for me to move to do what I neede to do...God knows best... I have hearing aids now. I'm able to hear much clearer with them but, I can still beleive God to open them. (Mk.7:32-35) Eph'pha-tha which mean "Ears Be opened". Thank you Lord for encouraging me to wait with patience for you to answer and thank you Tracie for letting God use you in this post God Bless You!! :0)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am ashamed of my lack of patience, but as i grow old, i am ashamed of always asking and never thanking. I have dreams and hopes but i seldom ask god if they would be pleasing to him. Lord help me to seek you will before my own and always have the patience and grace to endure no matter what you decide for me be they tears of sorrow or joy, i just want to be your good and faithful servant. Amen

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