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Dear Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ name, we thank You that You hear and answer prayers. Though Your timing is sometimes different from the timing I desire, help me to keep believing and to stand steadfast in faith while I wait on You.
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Friend, do you ever get frustrated while waiting on God? If so, I want to encourage you today.

Delay is a hard thing to deal with, no matter who you are.

However, for an intercessor — someone who has tremendous faith in God and who has a heart for His kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven — delay can feel like agony.

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We know God’s heart, and we know it is not His will that any should perish. Why, therefore, does He not move faster? Why does He not manifest more miracles? Why does He not defend the righteous in more obvious ways? Why does He take His sweet time to answer our personal prayers? And what ever happened to fire falling from Heaven upon all those who mock Him?

None of us have precise, perfect answers to any of those questions. We can only point to the love of God; the mercy of God; the grace of God; the forbearance of God. And in the end, we can only say, “Lord, we do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”

The Lord certainly knows how greatly delays can hurt our heart.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life (Proverbs 13:12 NKJV).

Delay hurts. Hoping for something, praying for something, believing for something day after day and year after year is difficult. But you know what? It’s a strange habit of God that even when He takes His sweet time to do something, when He finally does it, it usually happens fast.

As the prophet Habakkuk wrote:

I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected. Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:1–4 NKJV).

Isn’t that verse strange? “Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”

In one phrase, God says it may tarry; but then in the next, He says it will not tarry. What is the meaning of all that? Simply this: God alone knows His timing; but when He does avenge His people, He does so speedily.

Friend, God is coming to your rescue. He DOES hear your prayer. He has already answered and finished His works for you from before the foundation of the world (see Hebrews chapter 4). And even though you may not see His answer yet, look up! He is going to come through for you!

While you wait on Him, ask Him to help you rest in Him and TRUST HIM.

God knows the waiting is hard. It’s okay to talk to Him about it. Tell Him how frustrated you are. Tell Him that you’re disappointed if you are disappointed. Ask Him to help you. Confess to Him how you trust Him anyway, for you know that His plans are perfect. Then, ask Him to strengthen you during the wait. Ask Him to renew your faith, your hope, and your patience as you trust Him.

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord (Lamentations 3:25–26 NKJV).

It is written in the Psalms:

Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord! (Psalm 27:14).

And remember the words of Isaiah:

Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my just claim is passed over by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on 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 40:27–31).

Oh, friend, if your heart has grown sick because of hope deferred, pray this simple prayer today:

Father God, I trust You. You have always been faithful to me, and You always will be. But I’m having a hard time waiting right now. In Jesus’ name I ask today that You would strengthen my faith.

  • Renew my physical strength.
  • Fill me with hope again, and help me to be of good courage as I wait on You.
  • Strengthen my heart, Father.
  • Help me to strengthen the hands that hang down and to make firm the feeble knees, so that what is lame may not be dislocated — but may rather be healed.
  • Show me the answers to my prayers, Father, as I wait on You.

Thank You, Abba Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Beloved, being an intercessor — a minister to the very heart of Jesus — is not for the faint of heart. Nevertheless, keep praying! Stand firm in faith despite delays, for when the vision comes, it will not tarry.

This article is part of a 5-part series. Find the other installments at the links below.

Part 1. The Intercessor’s Pain: Delay – Intercessors for America (ifapray.org)
Part 2. The Intercessor’s Pain: Travail – Intercessors for America (ifapray.org)
Part 3. The Intercessor’s Pain: Servitude vs. Sonship – Intercessors for America (ifapray.org)
Part 4. The Intercessor’s Pain: Rejection – Intercessors for America (ifapray.org)
Part 5. The Intercessor’s Pain: Misunderstanding – Intercessors for America (ifapray.org)

Does this word speak to your heart today? If so, please share with a friend!

Jamie Rohrbaugh is the author of On-Time God: 14 Miracle Words and Prayers for RIGHT NOW. She is the founder and CEO of From His Presence, a ministry dedicated to equipping God’s people in prayer, the prophetic word, living supernaturally, inner healing, and kingdom wealth. Her writing can be found on YouVersion Bible Plans, in Charisma Magazine, and on The Elijah List, Spirit Fuel, and various other ministry outlets. Download her free prayer tool, Praying the Names of God: 555 Biblical Names of God and How to Use Them in Prayer and Worship, here. Photo Credit: Canva.

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December 7, 2022

Amen glory to God the everlasting Father, thankyou Jamie

Grant Windholz
December 5, 2022

Prayer is the best communication with our Heavenly Father! He is always wanting to hear from us. Faith and trust comes from this to you. After all, leading through perfect example, Jesus did this often with his father God in Heaven!

December 3, 2022

Thank-you for sharing this encouragement! Came to this article via the Intercessors for America Facebook page. A very timely message for me.

Lori Meed
December 3, 2022

Again – you read our hearts and know our struggles! Thank you for articulating our suffering – for it is a form of suffering – and helping us walk into hope and trust!

Wendy Monrad
December 3, 2022

I followed the link above for the rest of the 5 part series but could not find them. I really want to read the other parts. Can you please give me directions to find them?

    IFA Staff
    December 3, 2022

    We are so glad this article has blessed you. This is the first part of the five part series. Check back Saturday, December 10, 2022 for the second installment. Every Saturday in December will feature this series.

Bo Ehrig
December 3, 2022

Thank you

December 3, 2022

I’ve been asking God to help me understand why He has delayed to open my womb and bless me with children for two years now. This article has encouraged me to keep my eyes focused on Jesus as I wait upon His timing even, though I don’t understand. Thank you for the sample prayer. I had run out of prayer points. God bless you!

    Doris Ehlenfeldt
    December 4, 2022

    Praying for your heart’s desire to be fufilled Doreen.

Michael Guidera
December 3, 2022

I spent 7 years slugging it out in the trenches of warfare against the principalities, authorities, and rulers of darkness over our nation. During this time I also went through anxiety, mental anguish, bodily afflictions including excruciating pain that made my world one of simply surviving. About 6 months ago, I began to question, not my faith in God but my approach in how I am to interact with this evil world. Discernment can be a blessing and also curse when one does not understand the limits of their authority. I began to pray earnestly and I asked God to give me more insight into these spiritual forces of darkness, where they came from, what is their role in our world today, and what am I to specifically do about them.
As I searched the scriptures, i uncovered information I had never seen before. These bits and pieces helped me to understand a bigger picture that supersedes the daily chaos that had been the focus of all my attention. I want to share these scriptures and show how my theology was changed.
As I looked for the origins of these principalities, I came across Psalms 82. It describes a scene where God, YWHY, is surrounded by “gods” in a heavenly council meeting. He is angry with some of them. He trusted them to govern properly and they somehow rebelled against Him. He judges them harshly and sentences them to death. He says to them “you will die like men.” In Deuteronomy 32:8-9, ESV, in the song of Moses to Israel he says ask your elders and they will tell you “ when the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind, he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God, But the Lords portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage.” This was done during the Tower of Babel incident. These sons of God were the spiritual beings talked about in Psalm 82. They were to govern the nations righteously, but rebelled from God, and instead of creating an environment to bring the people into an understanding of the true God, they coerced the people to worship them. It is these “gods” that became the principalities that we wrestle with everyday according to Ephesians 6:12.
You will find these “spiritual beings” mentioned throughout the Bible as sons of God, gods, heavenly host, council of god, angels, cherubim, seraphim, and demons. Some are on God’s side and some rebelled. Satan was the supreme spiritual being that rebelled and heads up these rebellious ones. The point here is that God initially created all of them them to be part of His family to work with Him in governing His creation, which includes mankind. 1 Kings 22:19-23 gives another example of the council of God working to intervene in dealing with Ahab.
As I saw the origins of this evil we wrestle with every day, I also learned from scripture that God is using these evil forces in a larger plan for redemption of all creation, including mankind. For many years I had the belief that the only good principality was a dead principality. I spent hours binding, decreeing, neutralizing, castigating, and commanding them. Then I came across this scripture in Eph. 3:8-13, Paul says,
To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.
These “rulers and authorities” are the same words used in Eph 6:12. The scripture says we, the church, are to make known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places, the manifold wisdom of God. My first thoughts when I discovered this scripture was “wait a minute, what about my desires to rid our nation of these evil forces? “. I was convicted. I realized it’s not about what I want, it was not about me at all but about demonstrating this manifold wisdom of God to these evil forces. I saw that I have a role in Gods overall plan for all of creation and it may not necessarily be in my best interests on this earth. It is for a greater cause. A cause that was devised by God in a plan created at the very beginning of creation. How do I demonstrate this manifold wisdom? We do it by obeying Jesus. In our sufferings we show our allegiance to God in our actions and in our speech. We for forgive others that that offend us. We show love to our enemies. We demonstrate these attributes to these o evil forces because they do not understand how we can Love our God when our lives are difficult. They do not fully understand God’s plan of redemption for all of creation, otherwise they would have never deceived those who crucified Christ. They did not understand that His death sealed their fate forever. Now they are stalling, trying to drive the world into thinking we can save ourselves and at the same time deceiving and bringing bondage. They have no idea what we know to be true. One day, Jesus will come back and He will fulfill the scripture in 1 Cor 15:23-24, Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.
Christ will destroy these evil principalities after He returns, not before.
God’s overall plan is to creat a new Heaven and a new earth. I believe we cannot even fathom our existence in this new earth that has been redeemed from the curse that was on it. We are being prepared for our role in eternity right now. All the suffering and persecution does not compare with the glory will experience. God is using our experience here to mold us and purify us so we will be able to “even judge angels” as Paul says in 1 Cor 6:3. The entire chapter of Romans 8 talks about this overall plan. I also want to mention Job 41 and Jude 8, which gives insight into how we are to view spiritual forces of evil. In Job 41, Leviathan is a type of evil spiritual being. As you read the chapter, see how God mocks Job for even considering to engage him. In Jude 8,9 the archangel Michael also is careful in his interaction with Satan.
The transformation in my life has given me a peace I have not known before. Does it mean I sit around and simply wait for Jesus to return? Absolutely not. We are commanded to pray for our leaders in 1 Tim 2:1-2. We pray knowing that whatever happens, whether our prayers are answered or not, God’s plan will come to pass. Do I want America restored, absolutely, but my hope is not in that transformation. It may happen, it may not. Also, realize that in this time of testing our flesh is being crucified. I felt like my grip, holding on to the things I felt were so dear and important to me, was being peeled off, finger by finger as I was trying to hold onto my life. Jesus says in Mt 16:25, For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
In conclusion, I believe I somehow got off track and I became myopic, thinking I was somehow responsible for this terrible evil that has descended on our nation. I am only responsible to demonstrate Christ in me and pray for my leaders, not determine the outcome.

    Mrs D
    December 3, 2022

    Outstanding insight presented concisely! You have given us greater understanding of the “big picture.” Thank you so much. We will see ever-increasing Kingdom governance (as promised in Isaiah) as this revelation is awakened in greater measure throughout the body of Christ. Again, thank you.

      Michael Guidera
      December 4, 2022

      Am happy you received some insight from my comment. Seven years ago I had a completely different outlook and was convinced I was simply called to right our nation. Little did I know God was going to use my experience which included much suffering, to change my heart and my theology to bring understanding of how sovereign and great our God is. I want to serve Him now more than ever because I am beginning to understand the incredible transformation that is coming. When you get a glimpse of the bigger picture it changes you, where the self is less important and His plan is much more important. I am beginning to understand how Stephen in Acts stood there as he was being stoned by the Jewish elders after he called them out for their hypocrisy. He looked and saw Jesus and said “ Lord do not hold this sin against them”. Only someone who knew his reward far outweighed his current circumstance could say such a thing. And who was standing their watching all of this! It was Saul, who became the Apostle Paul. I believe God used Stephens life greatly in His overall plan. I believe He is calling us to a greater commitment to Him by giving us understanding of what He has in store for us, it’s beyond anything we can even imagine.

    Doris Ehlenfeldt
    December 4, 2022

    Thank you for sharing the insights you have gained and passing them on to IFA intrcessors.

Brian lynch
December 3, 2022

I stand in agreement with Jamie. God moves as He sees fit, when He sees fit. It is an exercise in futility to try to figure out the why and when of God’s movement. The most crucial thing, is to trust that He knows what He is doing. He makes ALL things beautiful in His time. We need to trust Him. We need to not be deceived by wat we see in the natural. This is the enemy’s hope, that we become discouraged to the point of giving up hope. Lord, please give us the perserverance to remain vigilant in our prayer, knowing that You WILL move, in Your good time. IN Jesus’ name.

December 3, 2022

Amen Halleluyah God is teaching me lot of things through you Sevants of God,May God continue giving you more knowledge and wisdom,Im growing in faith and in the relationship with God since I started following sister Jammie’s coaching and prayers,Im in South Africa.Our God realy loves us I want to know Him more,all the confusion in my life I believe He will flush it out ,I wont stop up until I know Him and His ways

Hillary Clevenstine
December 3, 2022

I’m so thankful to Abba that He does answer our long-awaited prayers. The joy is so sweet and long lasting. I prayed that my father who had struggled all my life with bipolar disorder would be clear-minded when he died, for he said endless times that not even Jesus’ sacrifice was enough to cover his sins. And, he was. Although he was physically frail and weak, he went to heaven proclaiming with the tiny bit of strength he had left, the goodness of Jesus! That was almost 30 years ago. I am still thanking God for that answer!
Then I prayed for decades for Roe v Wade to be overturned, asking the Lord to allow me to live to see that day. Thank You, oh God, for Your goodness!
I will rejoice over that answer until He calls me home!!!
I still pray for the answers not to tarry, but then Holy Spirit reminds me of those long prayed prayers that He answered so perfectly. Thank You, Lord!

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Sharon Patterson
December 3, 2022

Such an encouraging , energizing nourishment to the spirit this article, filled with succinct scripture 🙏Causes us to lift up hands that have been hanging down with the heaviness of the hour, the turbulence of evil, and incessant attacks of the enemy. Thank you!

BK Jackson
December 3, 2022

The waiting is the hardest thing about our faith walk but whose outcome would we want other than the Lord’s? May His perfect will be done in all things.

Jimy James M.Garsain
December 3, 2022

God’s word is always on time as it is the same that is going on in my life. Thank you for your help, encouragement and prayers. God bless you always 🙂

Donald Vader
December 3, 2022

Thank you Father God Abba for IFA and all that they do and Father, we give you thanks and praise for who you are and thank you for hearing our prayers and answering them and we put all of our trust in you… Amen

Anonomous in NJ
December 3, 2022

“….Why does He not manifest more miracles? Why does He not defend the righteous in more obvious ways? Why does He take His sweet time to answer our personal prayers? ” because majority of the church is worldly and compromising with sin…the Bible says even the best are briars…ouch…

And for Habbukk’s ” it tarries but it doesnt” even while it APPEARS to be tarrying, God is already working….God promised Joseph BEFORE his brothers sold him, Long BEFORE Ponitfers wife cast her lusting eyes on him….God goes BEFORE us…The outcome is ALREADY settled but there is a “meantime” that seems mean yet menial in comparison to God’s planned ultimate glory.

Wiwal Rybak
December 3, 2022

1Cor15:58- “Be steadfast, immovable always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord, your labor is not in vain.”
1Chronicles29:11- “Yours Lord is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; You are exalted as head over all.”

Karen Wheat
December 3, 2022

Powerful and very encouraging!

Lynda Turner
December 3, 2022

Thank you for this rhema word. It has strengthened my heart as I and many others await God’s hand of healing upon my son.

Sondra Guthrie
December 3, 2022

El Shaddai, Lord God Almighty, your word says, I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me & heard my cry. Lord, waiting is more difficult than running! While we wait, we are going to praise you first, find a promise in scripture for our concern, & be persistent!
Father God, you put prayer into our spirit so with faith we look to you as the miracle worker, promise keeper, & above all teaching us as we wait! Above all, we trust you!

December 3, 2022

Amen. Needed these words already in the early morning hours. Too often lately my prayers for others seem to go unheard. Jesus make known Your love in and through me today that I might be of good courage again to trust in You for the spiritual and physical healing of those I have been waiting for for their day of restoration. Amen

December 3, 2022

Don’t grow weary in praying for hard wicked hearts to be exchanged for hearts of flesh! I’ve prayed for many in the music world, because they exert tremendous influence over our children. In 1997, I prayed earnestly for the band Korn. I heard horrible screaming coming from the stereo in the house of my daughter’s friend, where I had gone to pick her up. I asked her friend why those people were screaming on her CD player. She said it was Korn, their mother abused them when they were young. It so disturbed me, I cried out to God, in front of the girls. “God, if You can use Joyce Meyer for Your ministry(who was molested by her father), then Please save these poor lost souls and use them for Your ministry!”
It was many years later when I was privileged to see Todd White(From Korn), speak at our church! I cried tears of joy!!
Still makes me cry. Check out his ministry(Lifestyle Christianity). His testimony is awesome. Pray, keep praying!
God bless you!

Joseph Blanton
December 3, 2022

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10.

Darlene DeAngelis
December 3, 2022

Father God I praise you for the many years you have given me a great peace and patience waiting on you Lord because your plan is better than my plan father God you will be done in my life completely in Jesus name I pray


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