Philippians 4:6 says
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;"
After we have made our request to The Lord, what do we do? It is easy to become anxious after we pray. We feel as if we're in Limbo. Time is passing. It seems as if nothing Is happening. We make our requests known but sometimes nature takes over and we become anxious. Some of us worry so much that we become physically, mentally and spiritually sick. There are situations in our lives that press our inner most beings. I have been in these situations on numerous occasions. To keep me from being anxious, I overload on bible verses and gospel music. I needed to feed my heart and my soul, a lot. I really mean a lot. Sometimes it is hours before my faith is restored, recharged, reverberated, and a calm comes over my heart and soul. If I'm at work, I put on my earphones and soak up the music ministry of artists whose music encourages me. I post bible verse after bible verse on Facebook encouraging others. When I'm encouraging others, I don't think about my problems. I don't know about you, but The Lord tells me to be about his business and he will take care of mine. This has worked every time. One great example is when I retired. The Office of Personnel Management calculated my retirement pay incorrectly. I was VERY angry. But God told me to take care of his business and he would take care of mine. So, in obedience, I prepared for our first Prayer BootCamp (Redemption Outreach Community Ministries) with the location on the flier as TBD. But through my obedience not only was my pay corrected, the Prayer BootCamp was awesome. So what is my recommendation while we wait? Praise The Lord with radical praise. I turn my music up loud at home and open myself up The Lord to minister to my needs. I repeat scripture texts outlining God's promises to me!
I recite them slowly as to get a full understanding. One scripture reading that helps while I wait is as follow.
Romans 8:31-39. New King James Version (NKJV)God’s Everlasting Love
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.
34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written:“For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Another text that comforts my soul and puts my mind as ease is as follow.
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
I have come through things far worse than my pay being incorrect. Each time I make my requests known to The Lord. Each time I state, "Thy will be done"! We must learn how to wait patiently. We must discern how we are going to wait patiently, i.e what will we do while we wait. We must not grow weary during the wait for The Lord's delivery of the answers. We recognize the answer is sometimes "NO"! Then we must move on with our lives enjoying the blessings we do have, not concentrating on what is missing. #walkitout!
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