“But when you pray, go into your room close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.: — Matthew 6:6
Author and theologian Oswald Chambers wrote in, “The Discipline of Prayer,” that “a disciple should have a secret silence.” Entering a space of calm and quietude is not necessarily easy, but it’s definitely worth it to pursue. Entering “secret silence” puts you in a position of restful waiting; it’s a signal to the Lord that you want to meet with Him. Jeanne Guyon, author of “Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ,” wrote that, “Prayer that comes out of the heart is not interrupted by thinking.”
DID YOU KNOW? It’s important to quiet your thoughts and your spirit. In New Testament times, because roofs were typically flat, individuals often went to the roofs of their homes to escape life’s distractions and pray.
So you silence yourself and you pray. You listen. You wait. What happens after you leave your prayer closet, and you are waiting on an answer, for your hopes and desires to manifest?
Apostle Paul told the church at Thessalonica (or Salonica) to pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17). We should always pray, even while we are waiting. And when we’re weary from waiting, we have to keep praying and believing. Eventually, the answer does comes and God renews and refreshes our spirits.
In the meantime, the waiting time, we have to P.U.S.H. — Pray Until Something to Happens. Here are a few ways to P.U.S.H.
- Walk in expectation of answered prayer—You should expect God to answer you because He is your Father. He won’t give you a stone for bread. Believe that you’ve already received it. Walk like you got it! (Mark 11:22-24; Luke 11:11).
- Offer thanksgiving and praise like it’s already done—Offer your petitions to the Lord and thank Him for answering them. Praise Him in advance. (Psalm 100:4).
- Live in faith active—If you’re believing God for a wife, then start saving for your wedding.
Evict doubt, worry and fear from your thoughts— Either you have faith or you don’t. Cast your cares and rest; if you continue to walk in fear or doubt, then you’re only picking up the burden again and delaying your answer (James 2:17).
- Open your heart — Be prepared for unexpected packages. What you pray for may not look how you expected it would but God knows best. Trust that (Jeremiah 29:11).
- Give—Get out of “self” and serve the Kingdom by giving your gifts, time and money as the Lord leads you. Intercede for others. Take your mind of yourself (Ephesians 1:16).
- Forgive —It’s healthy. It’s merciful. It’s God’s Word. He forgave you, and He continues to forgive you. And answered prayer is tied to forgiveness or the absence of it. (Mark 11:25-26).
Keep PUSHING!! God is not slack in His promises. He’ll answer. Get ready for it!