What if waiting gives us hope?
I cannot begin to count the number of times I have longed for the fulfillment of this verse in my life. Crying, hoping, and filled with trust, I have asked God to lift me away from the trials that assaulted me. But what if there is a deeper truth to be found within this promise given from God? What if by waiting on God we are given a picture of hope within Him?
When researching this verse in several commentaries, a parallel verse is mentioned:
“Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:5 NIV
In these thoughts, we are not encouraged to fly away from trouble, but to see that in the very midst of the trouble we will be given fresh strength. For you see, the ancient peoples held to the thought that when an eagle molted his feathers, he would come forth out of that troubling time with a fresh burst of new strength.
Can you join me in asking God for His fresh vision, His new strength, His renewed hope from within the trial of this day?
More Prayer Prompts
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Etched in Pain When the curtain of night falls around me, sometimes I can identify with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. As the pain begins to ramp up in my various places of inflammation, I can almost feel the expression on my face begin to change. Any peace I may have felt earlier in the day has...
PRAYER PROMPT GUIDE
Sometimes we all need a little encouragement and a boost in our prayer lives. While talking with God should be easy, a guide can be a helpful resource to lean into, spurring us on to deeper, more intimate conversations with Him.
- Set aside a special time and place to meet with God. For each one of us this may look different. Some might find that being outside draws them closer to God. Others might release their thoughts and prayers best when moving, like when taking a walk or on an elliptical. For others, a special chair or room might open their hears to connect with God. No matter where you meet Him, it’s important to designate a time to sit at the feet of Jesus. It may be a specific time or something more general, like in the morning, but making that time a priority will bless your entire day.
- Quiet your heart and mind. Breathe deeply. Life may move at a hectic pace or we may have trouble letting go of anxiety or our “to-do” list, but for most of us, it can be challenging to slow down and quiet our minds. Breathing deeply is a great cue for our bodies to release tension and relax.
- Slowly read the Scripture and the prompt, perhaps several times. Reading slowly and deliberately is another way to reinforce the solace we seek. Reading the Scripture several times then “preaching” those words to ourselves helps us to really “hear” God speaking to us. Scripture transforms us from the inside out.
- Write the verse in your journal, noting any words that catch your attention. Writing in a journal is another way to slow down and it creates a memory of the time we spend in prayer. Scripture on the page – underlined, highlighted, or circled – invites curiosity about what God may want to talk with us about.
- Talk with God, taking time to listen, then journal your thoughts. The previous steps begin to soften us, preparing us for a two-way conversation with our loving Father, who wants to hear what’s on our hearts and minds. Scripture guides us to a path where the Good Shepherd is waiting to lead us, to remind us of His deep love for us, and to draw us to Himself. While we may not realize that transformation is in process, journaling helps us to see, over time, where we are being lead to love, serve, and care for those in our sphere of influence.
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