This is day 17 of our 21 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Personal Devotion. The first day was on Sunday, March 26th and we will celebrate on the last day, Easter Sunday, April 16th.
Psalms 40:1-2 I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. (2) He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
There are two different yet complementary prayer strategies in these two verses and a massive truth.
David at first talks about how he waited for God. Not only that, it says he waited patiently. Way too often, when we don’t get the answer to prayer we run to something else. We try a different strategy or we give up. Lots of times we have to wait. Rarely do we wait patiently.
Delayed answers are part of the process. God uses this time to refine us and perfect love in us. Waiting patiently is the faithful response to a God who says, “whatsoever you ask in my name I will do.”
However, it also says that God “inclined to me and heard my cry.” This speaks not an emotional cry but a focused, steadfast, persistent petition to God over a subject matter.
We have to live patiently before God, trusting that he has a perfect purpose for our lives. At the same time we need to come before him with passionate intercession, calling out for a better future.
Instead of going to God with an attitude of discontent, consider your time of intercession as putting in work for your future. Our consistent time before God petitioning for a better outcome changes the trajectory of our lives and the lives of the people around us.
We can’t give up, get frustrated, get bitter, or resign ourselves to our fate. Neither can we boss God around, make demands or make ourselves higher than him.
We need to wait patiently on the Lord and continue to cry out.