4 The king asked, “Well, how can I help you?” (Nehemiah 1:4)
Patient in Prayer
Have you ever liked to wait? Yeah, I don’t either. There are some things we just can’t rush though. Imagine trying to bake a cake in 1 minute. Unless it’s your kids easy bake oven, cakes need time to bake (and don’t run in the house, gone make my cake fall, lol)*
Much like baking, prayer takes our patience as well. Nehemiah prayed in what would be December, but did not see results until the Spring. This means he had to wait till the time came for God to act on his behalf. Patience in prayer is often looked at as a passive act. Meaning we don’t do anything. Patience in prayer is not passive, it is active. We actively praise God for what He is going to do as we engage in continued prayer until it is done.
Revelation 5 today we saw the heavenly beings holding gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. We get insight into the reality of just as it takes time for a cake to rise, we see the symbolic nature of our prayers rising to the lamb who was slain, but now stands and receives our prayers and intercedes for us.
To be clear, we are not waiting due to the nature of our prayers rising up to God, we are waiting because God’s timing is perfect and we would do well to wait on the Lord, for when He moves, we must move. We wait with a relentless readiness in our spirit. We will be patient in prayer, for we know God hears us, and He will act on our behalf.