21 DAYS OF PRAYER

A COMPANION TO THE "A BETTER STORY" MESSAGE SERIES

DAY TEN

PRAY WITH PATIENCE AND EXPECTATION

The hope we have is that we will see God move in extraordinary ways. That will mean lots of excitement and a lot of stories being shared about God’s goodness and works. Even with that expectation there’s a realization that some of the greatest stories we’ve heard that stem from the prayers of the most faithful people in history are NOT answers received by God in a 21-day window.

Genesis 24:15 is an example of a prayer being answered before the person praying had even finished making their appeal to God.

Exodus 3:7–10 is the account of God answering the cries of the Israelites after 400 years of them crying out to him!

We pray while holding that tension in our hearts. We balance the desire to see fruit come quickly with the faith that God works in ways and times that we cannot always see or understand.

PRAYER

Lord, as we pray for workers for the harvest and opportunities to share good news, help us to be patient. May we also be full of anticipation, expecting each day that you are answering those prayers. Help my friends who are praying with me to be hopeful and faithful as well. Open our eyes to see and hearts to know when we are not just the person praying, but when we are the answer to someone else’s prayers.