Waiting for Answers to Prayer

One of the challenging things that christians often  face is waiting for answers to prayer.  Sometimes God may take a long time in answering prayer.  For instance when we pray for the salvation of close friends or family members. 

A friend of mine shared with me that she heard a helpful sermon where the preacher likened this process to planting a small seed and waiting for it to grow into a large fig tree.    When we first put the seed in the ground,  we may need to wait  for weeks,  months and sometimes even years where we see nothing happening above the surface of the ground.  However does this mean that nothing is actually happening?  No.  Not really.   Underneath the ground, the small seed is slowing germinating and gradually growing special roots beneath the surface, to form a foundation for a small seedling to eventually sprout out of the ground. 

This is what it’s like when we wait for answers to prayer.  We may sow small seeds to our friends or family when we talk to them about Jesus, as the Holy Spirit leads us.  Even though it may seem on the surface that we don’t seem to be making any progress with our non believing friends or family, our actions and prayers are never in vain.  The reason is that God, in his infinite wisdom is doing the work in His own time.  This work,  will eventually in the long term, grow into a beautiful fig tree.

So take heart.  Just like the planting of a tiny seed to grow a fig tree,  our prayers and actions are not in vain.  Instead God is doing his own work beneath the surface of the soil,  even though we may not see with our own eyes any progress or change.  This is where we need to execise faith and trust in our loving Heavenly Father.  “Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen” – Hebrews 11:1

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