As we pray and make our requests known to God, we stay in faith and trust God while we wait. God is able to give us double or much more than what we can ask for. God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly far more than we could ever ask, think or imagine (Exodus 3:20). Abraham waited many years for a son. God not only gave him a son but an entire generation of God’s people descended from Abraham.
Elizabeth and Zachariah waited many years before having a child and they produced a son that prepared the way for Jesus. We still speak of John the Baptist today who cried in the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord (Isaiah 40:3). Hannah waited before God opened her womb and blessed her with a son. Hannah not only produced a son but the great prophet Samuel (1 Samuel 1).
I cannot say that I take pleasure in waiting but I have relentless faith and hope that God will do what he said. God will keep his promise to us and even though we have to wait, it will come to pass. The wait is our test and Abraham wavered not through unbelief at the promise although his body was nearly dead, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God (Romans 4:10).
Some prayers are answered straightaway. Some requests take a week, a month and maybe even years. Are we able to glorify God while we wait? Are we able to trust in him that he has a good and perfect plan for us? He does not love us any less when we wait and he does not regard others better than us. God has a plan which will come to pass at the appointed time.
“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Habakkuk 2:3).