WHEN GOD PUTS YOU ON HOLD
by Doug Pierce
Published on June 11, 2024
Categories: Inspiration

WHEN GOD PUTS YOU ON HOLD

“And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy word…” Acts 4:29 

WHEN GOD PUTS YOU ON HOLD

Perhaps you’ve heard about the man who was talking to God and asked, “God, how long is a million years to you?” God answered, “To me, it’s about a minute, my son.” Then, the man asked, “God, how much is a million dollars to you?”  “To me, it’s a penny, my son, ” God replied. Then the man asked …thinking he could trick God,”God, may I have a penny?” To which God replied, “Give me a minute, my son.” 

One of the greatest gifts God has ever given man is the gift of prayer. Why is prayer such a special and wonderful gift? Because it links our need with His supply…our nothingness with His almighty power. God invites us to call on Him in prayer (Jer.33:3). But many times when we call, He puts us on hold. Most of you know what it’s like to have prayed and prayed and prayed …yet, no answer comes. We believe God for the miracle we need, but we lose heart in the waiting room as we wait on Him to do what we have asked.

POSSIBLE REASONS GOD DELAYS HIS ANSWER:

  1. The answer is no. Sometimes we are asking God for things that are not in keeping with His good and perfect will for our lives. In that case, His answer will be no. If we continue on in that request, His answer will not change. God told Moses he would not go into the Promised Land because of the rock striking incident. Moses prayed for God to reverse His decision.

Here is what Moses said about that prayer: “But the LORD was angry with me on your account, and would not listen to me; and the LORD said to me, ‘Enough! Speak to Me no more of this matter’” (Deuteronomy 3:26). When God says, “No,” we need to say, “Okay, Lord. You know best.”

  1. The timing is not right. God is much more interested in timing than He is time. We, on the other hand, are much more interested in time. We would love for God to act like a microwave oven. Pop in the prayer request and get a piping hot answer within minutes. But God isn’t like that and doesn’t typically operate that way. Often our prayers are on target, but the timing is not. 

God has work to do behind the scenes to prepare all the particulars for the answer to come at the precise time. For instance, Zacharias and Elizabeth prayed for a child. I’m sure they thought God didn’t hear them or wasn’t going to answer their prayer. Then, much later on in their lives … when Elisabeth was far past the age of child bearing…God answered their prayer! An angel of the Lord appeared unto Zacharias and said, “Fear not, Zacharias: for thy  prayer WAS heard; and thy wife  Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John (Luke 1:13). 

Without a doubt, the Lord heard their prayer but chose to answer many years later! Was God late? No, He was right on time. And, not only that, He answered at a time that brought Him the greatest glory and gave them much more than they could have ever dreamed! Because of Elisabeth’s age, the birth of their child was a miracle that brought glory to God. Everyone who knew them had no doubts this was an act of God. And the son that was born to them would be a special chosen servant of God, John, the Baptist! Imagine being privileged to be the parents of the forerunner of Christ! Jesus would say later, “Among those that are born of  women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist” (Luke 7:28). If God had answered their prayer when they first prayed for a child, they would not have had this honor nor would God have received the glory He was given when John was born! God does all things well (Mark 7:37). Remember, the ultimate goal of prayer is not just to get your answer, but to glorify the Lord. GOD GIVES 

HIS BEST TO THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO WAIT!

  1. The Lord has a better plan. Paul prayed for God to remove his thorn in the flesh, and God said, “I’ve got a better plan. I will use it to pour out My grace and shine more brightly through you.” Paul responded by saying, in my words,“ That sounds awesome. Thank you, Lord!” (2 Corinthians 12:8-9).

THE PRAYER THAT GETS AN IMMEDIATE ANSWER

There is a prayer in the Bible that God longs to answer. It’s our verse for today. It is the prayer the disciples prayed in Acts 4:29. When they finished that prayer, God immediately answered, and He punctuated His answer with an earthquake. It was God’s way of saying, “Hallelujah! Now you are getting it! That is the prayer I want to answer more than anything else!” What did they request? Boldness to speak His Word and be the witness He wanted them to be. God loved that prayer, and He longs to answer it today for you and me.

WHAT TO DO? In your prayer life:

  1. 1. Quit asking for those things that He has already said no to. Let your every prayer end with the words of Jesus in the garden, “Not my will, but Yours be done.”
  2. Keep asking for the things that He has said yes to but have not yet come to pass. God loves and honors persistence.
  3. Start asking for Him to give you boldness, confidence and power so that you can be the witness He wants you to be. If you’ll sincerely pray each day, “Lord, please open a door of opportunity for me to share my faith with someone today! Please lead me to that person or allow our paths to cross and I’ll tell them about you and what you’ve done in my life!” When you ask 

God to that, look for Him to answer! There’s nothing that excites the heart of God more than when we tell others about Jesus!

SO, DON’T HANG UP! 

When you call on the Lord and you’re put on hold, don’t give up and hang up! Keep praying! God will answer in His time, in His way, for His glory and your good! 

Think it over . . .

Doug Pierce is a Church planter and a pastor. In 2003 he started, and continues to pastor First Independent Methodist Church in Madison, Mississippi. His #1 priority is to glorify God in all aspects of ministry. He does this through teaching his congregation to Love God, Love One Another, and Love Others to God. Prayer, outreach, and church growth through evangelism are vital parts of his ministry. He and his wife Suzanne live in Madison, Mississippi where they also enjoy their children and grandchildren.

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