06.05.20, SEASONS OF WAITING: PERSEVERING PRAYER
As we know (Eccl.3) there is a time for everything, including a time to wait on God.
How we live through those seasons of waiting is dependent on the level of our faith, our relationship with the Lord, and the degree of surrender, each of which is in turn, dependent upon the stage of spiritual growth and development in our walk as a believer in Jesus/Yeshua.
While minimal faith, a poorly developed relationship, and low level of surrender in a less mature believer will scarcely sustain the individual, a more mature believer with a stronger level of faith, greater degree of surrender, and deeper more intimate relationship with the Lord who is fairly stable in their walk, will lean on the Lord and make their way through the time without incident, relatively unscathed. The immature believer whose faith is not stabilized will struggle considerably during a season of waiting, and this time of testing will ultimately strengthen their faith/walk or else they will be as the “Seed that . . . on rocky places, where it did not have much soil” or the “seed that fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants” (Matt.13:5-8).
Unfortunately, there are fatalities of the faith, just as there are fatalities in all walks of life. There are occasions when substantial ground is lost and considerable setbacks result, and the individual simply gives up, walks away. Those who do not make it through have not gone deeper, and thus were not equipped to persevere.
Seasons of waiting always include some form of test, of course. Issues of trust, dependence and surrender are intrinsic to such a time. All believers need to grow in these areas; without any discipling, without any growth, there are those whose faith simply dwindles aways, just as the seeds that are blown aways or snuffed out by thorns, or picked off by the birds (demons).
The immature believer will likely make mistakes along the way, and especially during a season of testing/waiting, but these mistakes can also become prime opportunities for growth; substantial learning and growth can occur. Depending on what the individual’s weaknesses are, as well as the circumstances, they may fail these tests miserably, either giving up or submitting to future testing.
In any case, the seasons of waiting are training grounds for difficult times to come. Seasons of waiting prepare us for seasons of adversity, trials, storms and tribulations. Paul advises that we are to “glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Rom.5:3,4). Trials and tribulations will become more manageable for those who have made their way successfully through seasons of waiting. And there are rewards for those who submit to, and manage seasons of waiting, and/or seasons of adversity/tribulation/trials, for “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).
Even when there is difficulty and outright failure, such seasons have the potential to create growth through new awarenesses that occur after-the-fact, and the individual is able to learn from, and build upon those discoveries in the next season of their journey.
Let us keep in view the example of Anna the Prophetess, who was assigned to pray through the birth of Jesus/Yeshua Messiah:
36 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity;
37 and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
38 And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
When studying these passages, it becomes clear that Anna knew that this was a very special assignment. Although we are not given much detail about Anna, she was evidently commissioned by God to pray through our Lord’s birth. We know that she persevered, being totally faithful to God’s call on her life. She clearly knew what she was doing by the words she spoke upon His birth (Lk.2:38). So if she had not answered the call, would Jesus/Yeshua not have arrived on time? No doubt, God the Father would have made an alternative arrangement, as this was ordained, non-negotiable (just like the Tribulation and His Second Coming), part of God’s sovereign plan. What is important for us to realize is that God does work through His servants to bring about HIS WILL in certain instances. It is not for us to figure out His alternative plans; it is our responsibility to be obedient to HIS call; so if we are called to such a mission, we must persevere. And if we are in a season of waiting on God, we are called to persevere throughout that season.
There is no better way to make it through a season of waiting than to engage in persevering prayer, persevering in patience, for
“those who wait on 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”
May we learn to pray into God’s Word relying on Him/His Word to carry us through.
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