Theresa left Sue a message that she had some great news. Sue was convinced that her friend had received Jesus as Savior. After all, she had been praying for Theresa’s salvation for 30 years. What could be greater news!
A few days later, Theresa revealed her “great news”: She had a new boyfriend and was moving in with him. Sue cried out in desperation, “Lord, what makes me think that You would answer me after 30 years of praying?” She proceeded to have a pity party for herself about God’s seeming reluctance to answer her.
Some of our hardest struggles are those deep desires that go unmet— when no response comes from heaven for what seems like forever. The psalmist David could relate. He cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord . . . . My soul also is greatly troubled; but You, O Lord—how long? Return, O Lord, deliver me!” (Ps. 6:2-4). But later in the psalm we read that David knew the Lord had heard him (v.9).
A month after Theresa’s “great news,” she called and left another message: “I have wonderful news! I trusted Jesus as my Savior! I don’t know why I didn’t do it long ago.” Now Sue is praying that Theresa will grow in the Lord and seek to please Him with her life.
Keep praying. In His time, God will answer.
Dear Lord, I know You hear me, and that You
are powerful and wise. Help me to wait patiently
and to trust You for Your good and perfect answers
to the needs of those I love. Amen.
Delay is not denial. So keep on praying.