Day 55: Delayed Results

24 Feb, 2016

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
Leviticus 15:1-16:28
Mark 7:1-23
Psalm 40:11-17
Proverbs 10:13-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God. – Ps 40:17

David prayed that God’s help would not be delayed. The implication is that sometimes answers to prayer take some time! We see this in Daniel 10. Daniel waited 21 days to hear God’s response to his prayer. On the surface, it seemed like no answer was coming; but when God’s messenger arrived he said, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words” (Dan 10:12). God hears you the moment you pray! But sometimes the answer to your prayer takes some time to arrive.

I had a conversation with one of our members recently. This person asked me, “Other than sin and disobedience, what can cause our prayers not to be answered?” There are several possible replies.

First, God’s timing might be different than yours. He promises to operate on His time schedule; never ours. Second, we have an adversary in this world who seeks to interfere with God’s blessings getting to us. This was the case in Daniel 10. Satan will always try and block, or at least delay, God’s promises for your life. We don’t have to be afraid of evil, because Jesus has given us, “…authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy” (Lk 10:19). We simply must know he exists so we can rebuke him!

Just because your answer to prayer is taking some time does not mean you are doing something wrong. God hears you the moment you pray. His answer might be yes; or no; or not now. Stay confident in God, and trust His word with all your heart. If He said He will do it, it is done!


Father, I know the answer to my prayer is on the way. I submit to Your perfect timing, and trust You with all my heart. I cancel any demonic interference to Heavenly resources getting to me in Jesus’ name! I am making the decision to praise You in advance, because I know You hear me, and I know You are good!

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