Categories: Inspiration

ttronslien-0749“O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. 2 Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. 3 Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” (Psalms 5:1-3, NLT)

God has really laid expectation on my heart so I want to stick with this theme throughout the week and my prayer is that it stirs up a spirit of expectation within you. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, expectation activates faith and it opens the door for God to move. When you expect, it keeps you moving towards the goal that God has for you.

Some translations of this passage, instead of using the word expectantly uses the phrase, “I will look up.” Meaning, looking to God, looking in His direction with waiting. When you pray, pray and wait with expectancy but don’t pray with expectancy of what’s in your plans. Expect while looking up to God, expect what He wants for your life, and expect His will. This may very well line up with your plans because He does give us the desires of our hearts according to His will, but if it doesn’t, embrace it because that means there is something better.

Bring your requests to God and wait expectantly. I think sometimes we pray just to say we did but we don’t expect anything. There’s a variety of reasons for that but one reason could be that you haven’t seen God move in your life so you’re praying because you feel that’s the right thing to do but the expectation you have is an expectation that you’re just going to be disappointed again. I encourage to not give up on expecting and to change your mind about what you’re expecting. Maybe you won’t get what you wanted but maybe you’re getting something better that you can’t see yet. Maybe, just maybe, God is actually protecting you from something but leading you down a different path than you expected. Our children in the natural can’t always understand why we don’t let them do some things that they think will be fun and good. What they can’t always see is what we are protecting them from but saying no and directing them down a different path. Our heavenly Father does the same with us, we may not see it but He does and we have to trust. We have to wait expectantly while looking up. I’ve learned that through disappointment, giving up on faith and giving up on expectation will get you no further than hanging onto faith and expectation. You’ll be better by hanging onto expectation and not giving up on faith.

Bring your prayers and requests to Him and wait expectantly.

Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

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