HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass.” (Psalm 37:5).
I once thought that after I prayed that it was my duty to do everything that I could do to bring the answer to pass. But He taught me a better way, and showed that my self-effort always hindered His working and that when I prayed and definitely believed Him for anything, He wanted me to wait in the spirit of praise, and only do what He bade me. It seems so unsafe to just sit still, and do nothing but trust the Lord, and the temptation to take the battle into our own hands is often tremendous.
We all know how impossible it is to rescue a drowning man who tries to help his rescuer, and it is equally impossible for the Lord to fight our battles for us when we insist upon trying to fight them ourselves. It is not that He will not, but He cannot. Our interference hinders His working. God does not need our help to help us. He knows what we need and He will make it happens in His own timing.
Spiritual forces cannot work while earthly forces are active.
It takes God time to answer prayer. We often fail to give God a chance in this respect. It takes time for God to paint a rose. It takes time for God to grow an oak. It takes time for God to make bread from wheat fields. He takes the earth. He pulverizes. He softens. He enriches. He wets with showers and dews. He warms with life. He gives the blade, the stock, the amber grain, and then, at last, the bread for the hungry.
All this takes time. Therefore we sow, and till, and wait, and trust, until all God’s purpose has been wrought out. We give God a chance in this matter of time. We need to learn this same lesson in our prayer life. It takes God time to answer prayer.
There is a process for us to reap what we have planted. So it is with our prayer and sometimes our prayers are stored in vials and set aside until the fullness of time for it to be revealed. Therefore, I am encouraging you to just pray and do not let yourself get in the place between God and your prayer. That can be the biggest hindrance to the answer you are expecting. Therefore, wait with patience and let God do His work until the appointed time.