“Give ear to my words, O LORD,
consider my sighing.
Listen to my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation” (Psalm 5:1-3).
I love that the Psalmist uses the word “expectation.’ He not only petitioned the Lord, he anticipated an answer. To “expect” means to have a confident belief or strong hope that a particular event will happen.
For years, I have been faithfully praying for my strong-willed son. He was determined to “do” life his own way and in his own strength. He’s put up a strong fight, but lately he’s grown weary. I knew God was at work. This past weekend, my 24 year-old son shared with me that he had surrendered his heart to Christ.
“I’m tired.” He said. “It’s time to become what God intends me to be.” With that, all things have become new! My mamma’s heart leaped with joy! If I knew I wouldn’t break a leg, I would have turned chart-wheels. I couldn’t stop praising the Lord for His mercy, grace, and faithfulness. I also learned a great lesson. It’s always too soon to stop praying. Prayer moves the hand of God. He is working even when we are unaware of His actions.
Too often, our fears and doubts keep us from believing in prayer, from crying out to God and anticipating a loving response. In discouragement, we give up. But giving up is the last thing we should do.
Author and pastor, Henry T. Blackaby, challenges us to watch with expectation for God’s answers to prayer. “Whenever you pray, whatever happens next is God’s answer.” Jesus said it this way, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you” (John 15:7).
We should anticipate great things from our great God. We should so eagerly expect Him to hear our cries and respond. We should be looking all around in anticipation of the answer. According to Hebrews 11:1, we see God’s provisions by believing. “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
Let me ask you, do you hope God will answer your needs or do you anticipate God’s generous hand at work in your life? Do you wait with expectancy or do you doubt His provision? Granted, He may be slow at responding, but His answers are always right on time. While it would be nice if God owned the same watch that we do, we can always count on His reply- in His timing. We’ll see our Guide at work directing our lives when we can say, “I will wait and watch with expectation for my God.”
His timing may be slow, but it’s certain. Keep praying! It’s always too soon to stop!