The Waiting Room

February 11, 2021
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Sometimes, I feel that much of my life has been spent in a waiting room. In my overseas travels, a great deal of time is spent waiting in airport lounges, in lineups, sitting on planes as they idle on the tarmac, and resting during the flight. Then, there are more lineups in customs and at the luggage carousels. Waiting can be tiring! I have also spent time in doctors' offices, my scheduled appointment long since past, checking my watch for the umpteenth time to measure the delay. Harder for me is waiting for an answer to a long-prayed-for outcome for a problem that has seemingly persisted for years. It truly is a test for my faith.

The prophet Daniel was a man of persistent prayer. As an elderly man, he had not joined the Jewish exiles who returned to rebuild Jerusalem, since he was of greater use in his role as an adviser to the various kings. Chapter 10 of the book of Daniel tells us that Daniel had been praying and fasting for three weeks, when his vision of a mighty angel overwhelmed him and frightened away those who were with him.

Daniel 10:10-12 – Just then a hand touched me and lifted me, still trembling, to my hands and knees. And the man said to me, "Daniel, you are very precious to God, so listen carefully to what I have to say to you. Stand up, for I have been sent to you. … Don't be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer." (NLT)

The angel goes on to explain that during those twenty-one days, his arrival had been resisted by mighty spiritual powers. There is a clear link between Daniel's persistent prayer and the victory of the angels over the forces of darkness.

Being in the waiting room of prayer isn't easy, yet we are to keep praying. God may be allowing conflict in our lives and the world, not out of reluctance to save us, but to train us as people of persistent prayer. How much help and clarity of vision has never come to us, or been delayed, because we stopped praying? Be assured that we are precious to God, that our prayers are heard in heaven, and that He will answer in His perfect time.

Prayer: "Prayer is the Christian's vital breath, the Christian's native air, his watchword at the gates of death: he enters heaven with prayer. O Thou by Whom we come to God, the Life, the Truth, the Way, the path of prayer Thyself hast trod: Lord, teach us how to pray." (James Montgomery, 1771-1854). Amen.

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Shirley Moulton <shirley_moulton@yahoo.ca>
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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.


    Amen, Shirley.


    Thank you for this important prayer reminder, Shirley. God bless!


    Thank you, Shirley, for sharing this thoughtful devotional with us. Blessings.


    O WOW, Shirley!! Just when I needed it. Thank you so much for obeying God’s inspiration to set down these lovely words, especially your prayer at the end! Yay for understanding.


    Shirley,
    Thanks for writing this post. I’m sure MANY people like myself can relate to waiting and perhaps impatience.
    Blessings,
    (CA)


    Dear Shirley,
    Thanks so much for your devotional today.
    Waiting isn’t always easy. But He always hears, and the answer is on the way!! Thanks for reminding me!
    God bless you.


    Thank you, Shirley.
    I never know what to say when many people in my life tells me God didn’t answer them.
    This is a very good passage that we can really learn from.
    Thanks again.
    (Quebec)


    Hello Shirley,
    Thank you for another special devotional. So true that our Lord is ever ready to hear our prayers and answer them in His timing. Our part is to be patient and respectful to Him as we await His answers. His plans are the very best for us.
    Blessings as you continue to write devotionals.


    Amen, amen, amen. Thank you so, so much for your devotional today on waiting.
    And more importantly on the wait involved in persevering in prayer and needing to wait, and the possible reasons for needing to persevere in our prayer life. And thanks Shirley for the example you gave of Daniel.
    Blessings to you.


    Thanks Shirley! We are doing a study in Daniel with the online church in the UK and it has been a stretch. We all feel a bit like exiles just now, but prayer brings me to my true home!
    “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in the world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world” C. S. Lewis.
    Blessings.


    Dear Shirley,
    I felt your sentiment as I read your devotional. How many times have I been impatient for my prayers to be answered? How I am learning that they will be answered in the way that God feels is the best for everyone. I repeat to myself that I do not know the whole picture and my job is to continue to pray. Thanks for sharing the scripture that supports your thoughts and as we pray to God may we gain patience and understanding.


    That is the best explanation I have ever heard of “waiting prayer”.
    Good for you.

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