“God, please let me make the dance team. Please, please, Puh-lease.”
This is the type of prayers my childhood was filled with. Seems more like begging or wishing, doesn’t it? At the time, I thought you pray for things you want and that was the extent of what prayer was.
Boy, was I wrong. Thankfully, my prayers became more about adoration, praising, thanking, and petitioning as I grew in my faith.
While my prayers have changed as I have gotten older, I can still get my feelings hurt when something I have prayed for has been delayed. When I say delayed, I mean I did not see my prayers come to fruition in the time I expected. I have felt this way financially, professionally, relationally, and even academically.
Quotes like, “He’s an on time God” and “God’s never late”, sometimes come to mind. And while I may agree with these somewhat seemingly-cheesy quotes, they can also annoy me when I want what I want when I want it.
Recently, I saw a Facebook post of a person being blessed in one of those areas that I feel as though the answer to my prayers have been delayed.
I thought to myself, “why does it seem like people living in sin get blessed while us Christians have to wait for everything?”
Before you even think about it or say it, I know this is not true nor is it the perspective I want to have. I know it rains on the just and the unjust. However, something came to mind as I pouted about the delay of my prayers being answered. The Holy Spirit reminded me that I am created for worship.
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)
I was reminded that day that we were created for more than the things we long for.
We were created by the Creator for the Creator.
Worship is not just singing songs on a Sunday morning. It is a way of living our lives to glorify and exalt the name of Christ and forsaking ourselves and our desires.
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Philippians 1:21 (NKJV)
Since we were created for worship, we are always worshiping something whether that is God or our desires. It is fine to have desires and wants, but we should not let our longings make us bitter, depressed, or angry.
If you find yourself in a place of bitterness because of delayed answers to prayer, you may be longing for something more than Christ. Idolatry is worship, but not the worship we were intended for.
You were created for worship, every day and in every season. Even the season of waiting.
Today, if you find yourself convicted of longing for things over your Creator I want you to know that your way to freedom is simple. Repent and surrender to God all those feelings of despair, anger, and regret. Surrender means to give way and cease resistance. Let go of the reins of your life and trust God with the answers and timing of your prayers.
“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” Psalms 27:14 (NKJV)