By Amber Verble
We all get impatient. Especially when it’s an answer from God we’re waiting for. We pray, we wait. We give prayer requests, we wait….and we feel like nothing happens. What we truly wish for is a sudden, unmistakable, loud and clear answer from above. We are always asking and wanting, but really, what do we give? We pray at our scheduled times, which usually vary, and our prayers really sound more like demands. We give the minimal amount of time we can, a few prayers, and not much, if any quiet time and yet we wonder where God is at in our lives. Our entire relationship with God depends on the time we’re willing to give Him, and if you’re like me, that’s the one thing I feel like I don’t have extra to give. My intentions were always sincere as I barely got through another hectic, crazy day homeschooling my boys and dealihg with my 4 year old, promising to give God more time tomorrow…….usually as I fell asleep saying my nightly prayer. I wanted to give God more time but struggled everyday fitting Him into my crazy schedule. As I started my second weekly Bible study I began having to do my ‘homework’ for one study in the morning and the other ‘homework’ at night. This time in my Bible every night replaced my regularly scheduled TV time with my husband. I still sat with him on the couch, I would just have my Bible and my workbook with me, reading instead of watching. But as time went by the TV went off and now he has his Bible out too. Some nights we sit quietly together, each doing our own reading and studying and other nights we get into deep discussions about our studies and study together. Not only are we deepening our relationships with God, we are growing closer in our relationship as well. I don’t lay in bed praying at night anymore either, I am on my knees next to my bed thanking God for the changes taking place in my life and in my family’s life. And it’s amazing how God is showing up everywhere. The more I give, the more I get from God – including those sudden, unmistakable, loud and clear answers from above. God showed me that I couldn’t ‘fit Him in’ but had to instead take things out. I still have my hectic days but by giving Him my focus, time and love, my days are so much more productive. I’ve let Him become my priority which helps me realize what’s really important in my day. It’s true that if it’s under God it’s in order.
Psalm 55:17 says “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice.” He is gracious, He does answer prayers, but how can we hear when we’re not even listening? One of the more recent verses I’ve studied is James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” The closer I am to Him, the more time I give to Him, the more listening I do, the more He gives me the “desires of my heart” Psalm 37:4 and the less I have to ask or demand, instead just knowing and having and hearing. What God wants more than anything is for us to connect and communicate with Him. Daily. Put Him first and everything else will fall into place.