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Following The Truth: Hurry Up, LordÖIím Waiting! (Catholic or Open)
CE.com ^ | March 16th, 2010 | Gary Zimak

Posted on 12/09/2011 8:38:28 AM PST by Salvation

Hurry Up, Lord…I’m Waiting!

March 16th, 2010 by Gary Zimak

One of the most difficult situations that we can face as people of faith is waiting for God’s response to a prayer request.  At some point in our lives, most of us have become frustrated with God for not answering our prayers quickly enough.  It’s often easier to deal with the Lord saying “no”, rather then “not saying anything”.  Doesn’t He know that we need answers quickly and that time is of the essence?  We have already explained why our intention is important and given Him some very specific ways to grant our request…so, what’s the holdup?  Perhaps there is more of an “answer” in His “silence” than we realize!

When we pray for an intention and don’t immediately receive an answer, what usually happens?  If you’re like most people, you keep praying.  On the other hand, many people will stop their prayers as soon as their request is granted.  As your relationship with the Lord deepens, you’ll hopefully learn to pray at times other than when you need something.  However, for many of us, this somewhat imperfect form of prayer lays the initial foundation of our relationship with God.  He knows that we will turn to Him more readily when we need something and this is often how He gets our attention.  Withholding an immediate answer is one way that the Lord can cultivate a deeper friendship with us.  As time passes, our prayer becomes more of a conversation with a good friend and isn’t restricted to times of need.

Another possibility is that God wants us to learn something from the experience.  Many times, we are most receptive to hearing His message when we are “wandering in the desert.”  It is often while we are searching for answers that we hear the Lord speaking most clearly.  Don’t hesitate to ask God for an explanation.  When confused about events in your life, use the Blessed Mother’s example of “pondering them in her heart” (Lk 2:19, 51).  He sometimes reveals to us why our request has not yet been granted.  Other times, He simply wants to increase our faith in Him.  Even though our inflated sense of pride often tells us otherwise, God’s will is indeed perfect and there are times that we aren’t able to make sense of His plan.  One of the most important lessons that we can learn is to trust in His providence, even when we can’t understand the details.

Often it is not in our best interest to have an intention granted at a particular point in time.  Due to any number of circumstances, we may not be spiritually ready to receive our request until later.  In this situation, we need to once again trust that God knows what we need at any moment.  It’s easy to get blinded by our love of comfort or worldly attractions, causing us to confuse spiritual needs with human desires.  For example, the Lord may withhold financial rewards or a new job because of our tendency to be greedy or complacent.  It’s wise to remember that anything which doesn’t help us to get to Heaven should not occupy an important place in our life.

We can also obtain a deeper understanding by looking at Sacred Scripture.  In Mark 8:22-25, Jesus heals a blind man.  However, the interesting thing about this miracle is that the man’s sight is not healed instantly.  After the Lord first lays hands on the man, he reports that people look like “walking trees”.  It is only after Jesus prays over him a second time that his sight is miraculously restored.  We can see from this incident that sometimes we may have to wait for God to grant our request.  In Luke 18:1-8, Our Lord tells the parable of the corrupt judge.  In this story, a widow receives her answer only after coming to the judge repeatedly. What is the Lord trying to teach us in this parable?  Fortunately for us, St. Luke clearly explains that its purpose is to illustrate “the necessity of praying always and not losing heart” (Lk 18:1).  St. Matthew describes an encounter between Jesus and a Canaanite woman who requests a healing for her daughter (Mt 15:21-28).  Our Lord initially responds with the shocking words, “It is not right to take the food of sons and daughters and throw it to the dogs”.  However, when the woman continues to plead with the Lord, He praises her faith and heals her daughter.  While certainly this exchange illustrates that Jesus was first sent to reveal Himself to the Jewish people (followed by the Gentiles), it’s hard to ignore the additional message on the importance of persistence in prayer.

Finally, I believe that one of the most important factors in accepting God’s timing is to look at how He patiently He treats us.  Many of us have made the Lord wait for several years before we came around and accepted the Faith.  In my own case, I was a “lukewarm” Catholic for more years than I’d care to admit.  It must have been very painful for the Lord to wait while I wasted time on many unimportant activities and didn’t have time for Him.  Fortunately, He didn’t hold it against me and I am grateful.  That being the case, how could I justify complaining when my prayers don’t get answered right away?  Sometimes, remembering that fact is enough to stop me from questioning the Lord’s plan.  If that doesn’t work, then the steps listed above usually do the trick. For those occasions when I am so stubborn and self-centered that nothing seems to work, I rely on a line from Sacred Scripture that always seems to put things in perspective:

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5, KJV).



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Prayer; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; prayer

Gary Zimak is the founder of Following The Truth Ministries (http://www.followingthetruth.com), a lay apostolate created to assist Catholics in learning more about their Faith. He is a regular guest on EWTN Radio’s “Son Rise Morning Show”, Ave Maria Radio’s “Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo” and appears frequently on several other Catholic radio programs.  In addition to writing for CatholicLane. Mr. Zimak hosts a daily program on BlogTalkRadio and posts frequently on his blog, Facebook and Twitter.  He is a member of Catholics United For The Faith and the Knights of Columbus and resides in New Jersey.


1 posted on 12/09/2011 8:38:41 AM PST by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

However, for many of us, this somewhat imperfect form of prayer lays the initial foundation of our relationship with God.

God wants us to learn something from the experience

Often it is not in our best interest to have an intention granted at a particular point in time.

We can also obtain a deeper understanding by looking at Sacred Scripture. In Mark 8:22-25, Jesus heals a blind man. However, the interesting thing about this miracle is that the man’s sight is not healed instantly.

I believe that one of the most important factors in accepting God’s timing is to look at how He patiently He treats us.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5, KJV).

Pray unceasingly during Advent Ping.


2 posted on 12/09/2011 8:45:40 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Oh Lord, give me the grace of patience.

RIGHT NOW!


3 posted on 12/09/2011 9:06:56 AM PST by 353FMG
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To: 353FMG

LOL!

Yes, God has three answers to our prayers.

Yes

No

Not now.

Usually I get the not now. LOL!


4 posted on 12/09/2011 9:41:26 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

So often I have asked the Lord for help with something, and the answer was negative. Years later, I learned why He would not allow me to have what I wanted, whether that was marriage to a particular man, a certain job, a career path, whatever. Then I was glad, and I rejoiced and thanked Him. I should have had enough faith to rejoice and thank Him at the time He refused, rather than waiting until He showed me His reasons. His will should be enough.

Of course, when something we perceive as a problem takes place, it’s sometimes difficult to know if this was His will or our own or Satan’s, or if we’re doing something to obstruct His will, or what.


5 posted on 12/09/2011 10:29:11 AM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: Salvation

To all,

Grace and peace!! Pray unceasingly all the time. GOD answers in HIS HOLY TIME, which is the right time for us.

Also, people want GOD to heal, grant us something, etc..? But we are healed, we have alot!! We know HIM, believe in Jesus who is victorious, we are waiting for our real home with our real bodies!!

Also, we are alive after sinning so much!! Let’s be more grateful.

Alive!! This is the healing, blessing, and all. Being alive and knowing HIM!! ALLELUIA!!
We ask for too much.
But we ask for things out of fear, doubt, or selfishness in our situation. Believe and receive. GOD knows and handles all.

Matthew 16:25

25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.

Praise Jesus!!

Jesus4life


6 posted on 12/09/2011 1:13:40 PM PST by jesus4life
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7 posted on 12/09/2011 6:22:53 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Well, Salvation, you done gone and did it again. Just the article I needed.

It’s almost scary.


8 posted on 12/09/2011 10:25:41 PM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: ottbmare

“Of course, when something we perceive as a problem takes place, it’s sometimes difficult to know if this was His will or our own or Satan’s, or if we’re doing something to obstruct His will, or what.”

Ain’t it da troof.


9 posted on 12/09/2011 10:27:04 PM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Salvation

I’m saving this article because this really applies to me now more than you could ever know.


10 posted on 12/10/2011 5:11:03 AM PST by Pinkbell
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To: Salvation

“In all your ways acknowledge HIM and HE shall direct your paths’’.__ Proverbs 3;6 God Bless you friend in Christ.


11 posted on 12/10/2011 7:40:19 AM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Salvation

One of my favorite Gospel parable is the one about the widow and the unjust judge, when her efforts to not give up works and the judge grants her request because she never gave up.


12 posted on 12/11/2012 6:51:23 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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