174: Four Verses to Pray in Seasons of Waiting
Hey, friend! Do you find it difficult to be patient when you are in a season of waiting? I’ll admit that I struggle with this a lot. I don’t like to wait for anything.
However, I know as a believer that God can use these seasons of waiting to refine my character and shape me to be more like Christ. That doesn’t mean it’s easy or that I like it.
One thing I’ve found that has helped me in seasons of waiting is to pray Scripture back to God. When we pray God’s word back to Him, we know that He hears us. And praying Scripture helps us to pray according to God’s will, not our own. It makes surrendering the outcome to God much easier.
Maybe you’re not used to praying Scripture. Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered. I’ll share how each of these verses can be made into a prayer.
No matter how long we have to wait for something, we can become frustrated and impatient if it doesn’t happen immediately. Our society has been trained to expect immediate results.
Sometimes we are waiting on small things like online orders. Other times, though, the waiting is for something bigger and often heavier to carry on our own.
Maybe you are waiting for medical test results to come back, and you’re in a place of the unknown. Perhaps you’re waiting for a health issue to resolve. Or you’re waiting for a prodigal child to return to Jesus.
There are many situations where we have to wait before seeing the end result. And the waiting can usually turn into worry.
So, the best place to go when we are waiting and worrying over a situation is the Bible. God has graciously given us several examples of people who had to wait. And he has given us the words we need to pray back to him so that the worry does not overtake our lives.
Four Verses to Pray:
But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.Isaiah 40:31
What a wonderful promise from God! He will renew our strength in the wait. If you want to pray this back to God, you could say something like, “Father, your word says that you will renew my strength during this season of waiting. Help me wait well so that I can mount up with wings like eagles, run this race of life and not be weary, and walk and not faint.”
But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.Micah 7:7
Your prayer could be, “Lord, I look to you to help me during this time of waiting. I will wait for you because you are the God of my salvation and will hear my prayer.”
I love this verse because it reminds us that God will hear our prayers. He may not answer in the way we would like or expect, but he does hear our prayers.
The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.Lamentations 3:25
This verse comes right after the more familiar part of this chapter which is verses 22-24. It emphasizes the goodness of God and reminds us that He has our best interest in mind when we are in a season of waiting.
Our prayer with this verse could be, “Father, you are a good, good Father. You are good to those who wait for you. So my soul seeks you and waits for your deliverance.”
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.Proverbs 3:5-6
You could pray something like, “Lord, I do trust you with all my heart, even when I don’t understand this time of waiting. I acknowledge that you are Lord and are in control of everything. Please set me on the straight path so I can follow your plan for me.”
As I said earlier, these are just four of many verses about waiting that you could write out to remind yourself that God is good and in control. You can pray them back to God. Or, you can use them to encourage others who are in a season of waiting.
I gave you a brief look into praying the Scriptures in times of waiting. In a few weeks,I plan to have a guest on the podcast who can give us a more in-depth look at praying the Scriptures and how praying this way can be incorporated into our daily quiet times.
I hope these verses encourage you if you are waiting on the Lord to act in your life. I want to encourage you to join our new Live It Out Community group, where you can find support and encouragement for living out your faith. There are several women in this new free community that are already engaging and encouraging each other. I want you to be a part of this group.