Every day we ask God for so many things. When you pray always for all things it will seem like a constant stream of requests. However, that is not wrong:
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6: 18 (NIV)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
However, we must also offer praise to God for Who He is, name above all names, and acknowledge God has a plan. But what happens when we pray and pray but it seems God is not listening? You desperately need a touch from Him or you are stuck in a dead-end job that you hate and no matter how much you pray it seems God is not listening. And what do you do then? Don’t be discouraged.
Where is God?
So many people face this question every day – people looking for a job, or healing for a loved one, or an out of an abusive relationship. They are praying without ceasing, on their knees until their knees are sore, yet Heaven seems silent. Is this you? If it is not you now, it is likely you have been there, and so have I, yet we know prayer changes things. And yet God has a plan and is our strength to deliver us from what the Bible calls our light and momentary afflictions.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV)
Some at this juncture will turn back. One day they will reach their breaking point, lay down their cross and turn back. They will wonder: if God has a plan, why doesn’t He reveal it? Why does He delay? If reading the Bible tells you anything it tells you about waiting, even when God has promised, but not yet revealed, like Abraham who waited for the promised son and Moses, who waited for God to deliver the Israelites from 400 years of slavery and then from the wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, David, who prayed for the child from the union with Bathsheba to live.
Abraham was 100 years old and his wife was 99 when God fulfilled His promise. Moses was 80 years old when God called him to deliver the Children of Israel from Egypt, and even then Moses waited for Pharaoh to agree 10 plagues later. David’s prayer for his son from adultery was not honored, but God have him another son with Bathsheba, called Solomon, who was David’s successor to the throne. God has a plan in each and every life presented here.
What did they have in common? They believed God and waited for the promise to be revealed. Of Abraham it is told time and time again how God rewarded him for his faith:
Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:4, Galatians 3:6, Romans 4:33 (NIV)
That is four times that the Bible says this about Abraham.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
Don’t Turn Back
Many do grow weary waiting on God’s promise or intervention. There are one too many bumps in the road, and, in the end, they get off their knees and walk away. They grow weary of hearing the Biblical wisdom that God has a plan. They stop believing God has a plan because they cannot see it. So they call Him a liar or deny Him altogether because they cannot wait any longer.
But where will they go from here?
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 (NIV)
And He will deliver you.