A lot of people, my self included, have specific prayer requests we have thrust into heaven, believing we have the ear of God and that His answer is forth coming. The ongoing question is what are we suppose to do while we wait for the manifestation of our entreaty? Many people just continue to ask and ask, thinking it's the squeaky wheel that gets oiled. However, God's not a can of oil that responds to the squeaking. 1 John 5:14-15 "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." Others just ask and never expect to receive, thinking God's too busy to hear their prayer. And still others never ask, believing 'what's the use'. They have no hope or belief of any sort.
The time between releasing our faith and the manifestation of God's answer, is a time where we must exercise 'standing our ground'. Many a thing will try to influence us to relinquishing our stance, to give up, question our faith, or doubt Gods willingness and ability. 1 Cor. 13:16 says, "Remain alert. Keep standing firm in your faith. Keep on being courageous and strong." Faith in God, empowers us to to stand. Many people that KNOW God is their source and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him, (Heb. 11:6) will begin to Praise Him for the answer to their requests long before they actually see it. So yes, rejoicing is part of standing our ground! Faith is believing one has already received before it sees.
'Standing our ground' means speaking to the doubts, the fears, the devil, the pressure, and even the circumstance. Come on now, you believe in speaking to things. Lots of you have spoken to your car that wouldn't start, to your wallet or bank account, and even to an appliance that's not working right. So speaking to these other things is alright! Let's face it, pressure is talking to us. Fear is talking to us. And we all know that the devil is talking to us! It's time we talk back, telling it to leave us alone - that God IS supplying all our need. Telling it that Jesus bore our griefs and carried our sickness and by His stripes we were healed! Mark 11:23 "Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him."
The temptation to be cranky or moody because our answer isn't visible yet, comes easily. Realize that the pressure to wavier is trying to get you to forfeit your faith! This is the time to become more skillful in faith during this stand! Our response reveals who or what we're believing in! Its time to give it all we've got! Let the devil know and remind yourself that you serve a BIG God who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask or think... (Eph 3:20) Stand your ground, believe you have the petitions you have asked, don't give up!
Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta
Pro. 11:25 "The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself."