Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Waiting Between Your Need and His Provision

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  Hebrews 4:16

We take our petitions to our Heavenly Father and sometimes we wait.  Our prayer is not answered when we expect it to be answered.  What are we to do in the waiting between our need and His provision? 

Prayer is the act of communion with our Savior and LORD.  God desires for us to bring our petitions to Him but our prayers also should include adoration, confession of our sins, and thanksgiving.  We can approach our LORD with confidence, knowing that He hears.  The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them….Psalm 34:17.  Whenever we pray, God hears us.  Wherever we pray, Almighty God hears us.  1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray continually.  How are we to pray continually?  We are to have a prayerful attitude at all times.  It is time for us to acknowledge our total dependence upon Almighty God and realize His presence is with us always.  1 Chronicles 16:11 – Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.  Seek the LORD in prayer to offer thanksgiving and praise and to meet your needs. 

In the waiting between our need and God’s provision, we must place our trust in Him.  Even when we can’t see the hand of God at work, He is working.  Our LORD is faithful and we can trust Him.  His presence is with us always.  Psalm 37:3-4 – Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.  We need to come to the place in our faith walk where we are able to entrust everything – our lives, families, jobs, possessions – to Almighty God’s control and guidance.  God knows our every need and will provided for our needs in His perfect time.  He desires for us to humbly enter in Holy Communion with Him, through prayer. 

We must attempt to stop our grumbling and trust in our Savior and LORD.  Scripture reveals that the Israelites did a lot of grumbling and complaining in the wilderness.  God provided for their needs but they still complained.  Prayerfully search your heart.  Are you a complainer in the waiting?  Focus on Almighty God and wait with eager anticipation for the time that He provides an answer to your prayer.  Psalm 37:7 – Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him…..

In the waiting between our need and God’s provision, we should continue to serve.  We should continue to meet the needs of others in the name of Jesus Christ.  Present others with love and compassion in the same way Jesus did.  We demonstrate our love for Christ when we minister to others in His name.  Hebrews 6:10 – God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you helped his people and continue to help them.  As we serve during the waiting, we should remember God’s past faithfulness and provisions.  This will strengthen our faith and provide us with the grace and strength to continue to serve.  Never forget the goodness of Almighty God.  1 Samuel 12:24 – Be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. 

In the waiting between our need and God’s provision, we must continue to offer prayers of praise and thanksgiving to our LORD.  Remember God’s goodness and dependability when you approach His throne in prayer and offer praise and thanksgiving to your Savior and LORD.  Psalm 100:4 – Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 

Our God is good and faithful.  He loves us more than we can even imagine.  Trust in Him today.  Wait and watch for His provisions in your life.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your request to God – Philippians 4:6.

Dear Heavenly Father, help us to wait patiently between our need and Your provision.  LORD, we will continue to pray and trust You to meet our needs.  We recognize You are good and faithful.  We will continue to trust you and serve you and offer prayers of praise and thanksgiving for what You have done and what You will do.  In Jesus Name I Pray…..Amen.

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