On that day, you won’t ask me for anything. Truly, I tell all of you emphatically, whatever you ask the Father for in my name, he will give it to you. John 16:23
Powerful little scripture there. Have you considered the “long middle” concerning your request and when it receives an answer, if at all? This is often a dilemma that is one of life’s biggest unanswered questions. I am convinced that by one question that we present in prayer, much must take place to afford an answer. Have we considered that sometimes the long middle is when the Lord is most at work, on our behalf bringing together in its rightful time, the answer?
I heard this morning as Tim Delina preached, that for the one request we bring to the Lord in prayer, He works 10,000 pieces together to grow us first, and purpose our lives before an answer comes. Much like being faithful with the smaller things before accountability in the greater can come.
Consider this, if you are in the long middle, or about to bring a request seeking an answer, that you:
- have a servant’s faithful heart
- allow for growth in the journey
- let God do the 10,000 things needed before your answer comes
It is humbling and absolutely profound to grasp the reality that the Lord serves us more than we serve Him. So many moving parts to tend to, and then we are discouraged and disgruntled why the answer does not come swiftly.