Delayed Answers to Prayer


The Lord, when He hath given great faith, has been known to try it by long delays.

The door to Heaven seems to remain immovable, as though it were rusted upon its hinges.  True saints continued long in patient waiting without reply, not because their prayers were not vehement, not because they were unaccepted, but because it so pleased Him who is Sovereign, and who gives according to His own pleasure.  If it pleases Him to bid our patience exercise itself, shall He not do as He will with His own!

We must not take delays in prayers for denials:  God’s long-dated bills will be punctually honored.  Unanswered petitions are not unheard.  God keeps a file for our prayers.  Every prayer is recorded.  Thy Lord hath a tear-bottle in which the costly drops of sacred grief are put away, and a book in which thy holy groanings are numbered.  Canst thou not be content to wait a little?

In His own timing He will answer – we only have to wait!

From: Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon